Kotzias: A new chapter opens in Greece – China relations

Kotzias: A new chapter opens in Greece – China relations

Beijing, July 5, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias had a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of the official visit of the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in China.

During the bilateral meeting, held in a cordial atmosphere, was highlighted the two countries’ ties through their cultures, while emphasis was given that the start of their cooperation will mark a new chapter in relations between the two countries.


The creation of an organization made up of member countries, which had great civilization and were the forerunners of modern civilization, was the first issue that was discussed. It was agreed to start all those processes for the establishment of the Agency, while the Greek Foreign Minister informed his counterpart that he has held talks with all 9 + 1 countries that will make up the organisation and they have all agreed.

The two men also discussed the issue of International Law and the Law of the Sea, where Nikos Kotzias explained to his Chinese counterpart the framework of the EU function – which helps mitigate differences – such as that there cannot be announcements before the decision of a court or adopt resolutions without having been studied thoroughly, since these decisions intersect with fundamental national interests.

Finally, it was also discussed the way China can help as a permanent UN Security Council on the Cyprus problem, on the issue of securities and foreign troops.

Wang Yi accepted the invitation of Nikos Kotzia to visit Greece in the short term.

Photos: Spiros Sideris – IBNA