Alexis Tsipras categorically put an end to early election scenarios, speaking in Abu Dhabi which he is officially visiting since Friday night to participate in the UNESCO conference for the protection of Cultural Heritage in areas where there is conflict.
Amid the bilateral contacts he held on the sidelines of the conference, the Greek Prime Minister also spoke to ERT, Athens News Agency and Independent Balkan News Agency reporters covering the conference. Alexis Tsipras briefed reporters on the interest shown by the UAE in investing in Greece, the prospects for upgrading the cooperation and economic relations between the two sides and also referred to his meeting with French President Francois Hollande with whom he discussed the second review, among other issues.
Asked to comment on scenarios for potential early elections, after referring to his talks with state leaders at the conference, many of whom are currently in an election period, Alexis Tsipras said “the only country that has three years ahead of it for an election is Greece”.
Alexis Tsipras – who participated in the Conference at the personal invitation of French President since France is co-hosting the UNESCO Conference on the Protection of Cultural Heritage in Conflict Areas along with the UAE – had the opportunity to meet with Francois Hollande to discuss the state of the economy, the review and the upgrading of Greece’s relations with Gulf states. It is worth noting that France has a special relationship with the UAE at financial, business, political, cultural and military level and Francois Hollande is the only western leader who was invited to participate in the Leaders Council of the Persian Gulf states.
With its legacy in the field of world culture and UNESCO, Greece could not have missed the opportunity to participate in the conference and strengthen its role as a pillar of stability and cooperation in the Middle East.
The Greek PM expressed strong concern about the provocative statements of the Turkish leadership and stressed the need for aggressive rhetoric to stop. The two leaders agreed on the importance of Cyprus for EU-Turkey relations overall, in light of the upcoming visit of President Hollande to Cyprus, while the restart of peace talks was welcomed and developments regarding the issue were discussed.
Furthermore, European affairs were discussed such as the referendum in Italy, the departure of Martin Schulz from the presidency of the European Parliament and presidential elections in Austria. Finally, the prospects for attracting investment in Greece by the Gulf countries with the support of France were also discussed.
In a meeting with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who was accompanied by the Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the strengthening of bilateral, diplomatic and economic relations between Greece and the UAE was discussed.
The Prime Minister and the Crown Prince referred in particular to the positive course of investments by the Emirates in Greece and the prospect of more investment being promoted ahead of the third Joint Ministerial Committee of Greece – UAE, convening next February in Abu Dhabi.
In this context, they discussed an exchange of visits at the highest level in the coming period./IBNA
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