Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias continues contacts

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias continues contacts

Continuing the multidimensional and active foreign policy of Greece, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias had  telephone conversations with the Foreign Ministers of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel and Bulgaria,Ekaterina Zaharieva as well as the head of the FYROM SDSM party Zoran Zaev.

With his German counterpart, Nikos Kotzias, discussed issues of bilateral co-operation and implementation of the Greek-German Action Plan. In order to strengthen the co-operation relations of the two countries, an Action Plan that acts as a “living document” was agreed in December 2016. The two sides are encouraged to further extend the Action Plan in the near future, taking into account the proposals included in a joint text, where this cooperation will be based on the four pillars below:

  1. a) Political cooperation,
  2. b) Economic and technological cooperation,
  3. c) Scientific, cultural and educational cooperation,
  4. d) Cooperation at the social level.

The Greek Foreign Minister also contacted the new Foreign Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, Ekaterina Zaharieva, whom he congratulated on taking up her duties. During their conversation the two Ministers examined the next steps of the Greek-Bulgarian cooperation at both a bilateral and regional level. The excellent relations that have developed over the last two years and the multi-level cooperation of the two countries is an axis of stability and constructive cooperation in the Balkan region, a part of Europe that is suffering from political instability.

Mr Kotzias also had a phone conversation with the head of the Social Democratic Party of FYROM SDSM Zoran Zaev. At a time of political instability, it is very important to have channels of communication between Greece and the former opposition leader in Skopje, and as the events show, he will be the next prime minister in a coalition government in FYROM.

According to IBNA information, during the communication the developments in FYROM were discussed, where the Greek Foreign Minister emphasized on one hand his concern about the developments in the country and on the other he stated the support of the Greek government in every attempt to normalize political instability based on democratic institutions and legitimacy.

Finally, Nikos Kotzias will meet with Kosovo Foreign Minister Enver Hoxhaj. After the talks, a working lunch will follow. The agenda includes bilateral relations, regional developments in the Balkan region, the situation in FYROM and the continuation of Kosovo Serb talks./IBNA