Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will have a 20-minute talk with President Donald Trump this afternoon.
It is a meeting of acquaintance and the spouses of the two leaders will be involved at the beginning, while afterwards they will speak alone. The meeting is scheduled for 18:30 (local time) and will take place shortly before President Trump’s reception to the leaders attending the UN summit.
The focus will be on geopolitical developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the attraction of US investments in Greece. Beyond the traditional ties of the two countries, there are issues of particular interest, with Greece again on the US investor radar, a government source explained. Big companies have already shown interest. The prime minister will then attend a reception given by President Trump to leaders attending the UN summit.
Earlier in the morning at 11:00 am, the Prime Minister will have his first meeting with Zoran Zaev to discuss the issues of the Western Balkans and their accession prospects, provided that EU conditions are always respected. At 11:30 the PM will meet with the Australian Prime Minister, while at 12:00 Mitsotakis will attend a closed meeting of the Atlantic Council geostrategic institute on the future of Europe.
The prime minister will also attend a meeting with the heads of 30 major US companies, hosted by Goldman Sachs chief David Solomon. The Prime Minister will present his reform plan and highlight the new government-friendly business policy. The meeting is scheduled for 4:30 pm. There is the possibility that he will have his first meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier, provided the timeframes for the two leaders’ commitments allow. Otherwise the meeting will take place on Wednesday. If his schedule allows, Mitsotakis will meet with the Georgian Prime Minister at noon.
The day begins for Kyriakos Mitsotakis at 8:00 am local time, with the UN Secretary-General’s reception at the Heads of State and Government and then he will attend the opening of the Summit from 9:00 to 11:00.
With his presence in New York, the Prime Minister promotes the threefold goal: highlighting the reform plan in the economy, highlighting Greece’s positions on international and regional issues, and participating in major humanitarian debates such as climate change and the protection of natural and cultural heritage. It is worth noting that in his speech on Climate Change, Mitsotakis expressed his commitment to withdraw lignite from energy production by 2028 and to completely abolish single-use plastics by 2021. Under the National Strategy, the Government considers it feasible to surpass the target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions earlier and increasing the energy produced from renewable sources by 35%.
On the first day of his visit, Mitsotakis met with the President of Colombia, where they agreed to prepare for a mission under the Colombian government to Greece. The President of Colombia, who is a fan of Greece, has expressed interest in commercial cooperation in the agricultural sector and in particular in olive oil and wines.
However, the Prime Minister also had a meeting with their Albanian counterpart, Edi Rama, in which he discussed issues of Greek-Albanian relations and Albania’s accession prospects. A government source said that “five conditions have been set by the EU; we have insisted on the rights of the Greek national minority”. Edi Rama showed an intention to discuss all the issues. The debate will continue on the sidelines of the October 31 Euro-Arab summit in Athens.
The prime minister also met with Serbian and Kosovo leaders Alexandar Vucic and Hashim Thaci. The Greek side has found that the climate in Serbian-Kosovo relations is different. Also that Kosovars are more optimistic about breaking the deadlock and that there might be progress on their independence. The Prime Minister expressed Greece’s position that if the two sides agree we have no problem.
With Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the main issue was the Patriarchate where consensus was found. Mahmoud Abbas invited him to Palestine and Greek Prime Minister returned the invitation./ibna