With head of embassies and Permanent Representations of Greece abroad Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis spoke on Tuesday, continuing this year’s initiative to communicate on an annual basis with the heads of diplomatic authorities and to hear their perspective on the missions in which they serve.
“I am especially glad that we are given the opportunity for this second online meeting. I had found our discussion last year extremely productive. I was able to communicate directly with you, to share thoughts but above all to hear very interesting opinions and proposals from you”, the prime minister emphasized at the start of the teleconference, the aim of which is the best coordination with the heads of the authorities to better promote national goals and positions.
Mr. Mitsotakis emphasized the great importance he attaches to international promotion of Greece, at every opportunity and at all times. “My vision is a dynamic and extroverted Greece, which will be an equal international interlocutor and co-shape developments with initiatives and actions but above all with dynamism and self-confidence,” he noted. He also added that from his contacts with foreign leaders and business actors it is now clear that the positive image of Greece is consolidated and the belief that our country has turned the page.
Referring to the international challenges that Greek diplomacy has to face, the prime minister repeated the constant support of Greece in Ukraineemphasizing that the unjustified Russian invasion constitutes a violation of International Law at the expense of a sovereign state, which is fighting for its territorial integrity and independence.
He emphasized that Greece, which often receives threats against its sovereignty and sovereign rights, cannot but stand by Ukraine, sending a clear message that the international community cannot under any circumstances accept revisionism and delinquency.
Furthermore, Mr. Mitsotakis underlined them initiatives undertaken by Greece to mitigate the consequences of the energy crisis caused by the war at the European and regional level. He pointed to the intensification of energy diplomacy, which has contributed to the transformation of Greece into a provider of energy security and energy exporter for the states of South-Eastern Europe, taking advantage of the strategically important infrastructures being developed for LNG inflow and power generation.
As for her Turkey, Kyriakos Mitsotakis noted that 2022 was a difficult year for bilateral relations. He reiterated that Greece wants good relations with the neighboring country, based on International Law, but does not intend to engage in dialogue with the absurd.
The prime minister thanked the Greek diplomats and all the authorities of the country abroad for their work and the efforts they make to promote the national positions and to boost the role of Greece abroad.
The teleconference was attended remotely by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias and in physical presence by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, the Deputy Minister responsible for Economic Diplomacy and External Affairs Kostas Fragogiannis, the Deputy Minister responsible for Hellenism Abroad Andreas Katsaniotis, the First General Director of of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ambassador Roussos Koundouros, the director of the Diplomatic Office of the Prime Minister, ambassador Anna Maria Boura, the National Security Advisor Thanos Dokos and the deputy government representative Aristotelia Peloni.
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