Hollande’s visit to Athens brings the two countries’ relation into focus

Hollande’s visit to Athens brings the two countries’ relation into focus

Athens, October 19, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Of particular significance on many levels is the forthcoming visit of French President Francois Hollande in Athens, according to government sources.

During visit of French President Francois Hollande in Athens on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 of October, emphasis will be placed on Greek-French relations. The visit of French President to Athens at the invitation of the President of the Greek Republic, is characterized by government sources “particularly important on many levels”. The French President recently made a public statement supporting the Greek programme and the issue of the renegotiation of debt.

This statement, as government sources indicate, was made during a joint appearance of François Hollande with Angela Merkel at the European Parliament, a fact that has its meaning. Understandably, it is noted, Greece counts Francois Hollande as an important ally in the negotiation for the Greek debt, which will begin immediately after the first evaluation. This view is strongly supported by the planned visit.

In this atmosphere, of particular importance is also the fact that French President will be accompanied by a multi-echelon government, entrepreneurs and people of culture, indicating that France is seeking to upgrade its relationship with Greece at a level of strategic cooperation. This intention is regarded highly by the Greek government, which is planning accordingly.

President Hollande will arrive in Athens Thursday, October 22 and is due to have dinner with the President of the Greek Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos. On Friday, October 23 the French president will meet with the prime minister, Alexis Tsipras and will address the Greek Parliament.