The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, spoke at the Internet Conference of the Greek Community of the London School of Economics and Political Science on the topic: “Greece 2021: Reflecting on yesterday, shaping tomorrow” (“Greece 2021: Reflecting on yesterday, Shaping tomorrow”).
In his speech, the Foreign Minister referred to the current priorities of Greek foreign policy, emphasizing the 3 variable factors that should be taken into account at the moment:
• Traditional powers, such as the US, as well as emerging powers such as China, India, Russia and Great Britain after Brexit.
• The growing instability in the Eastern Mediterranean region, for which Turkish actions are mainly responsible. In this context, he stressed that on the one hand there is the continuation of the inflammatory rhetoric of Turkish officials and on the other hand the continuation of Turkey’s aggressive actions in the wider region. He also stressed that these actions include the illegal stay of Turkish troops in sovereign states such as Cyprus, Libya, Iraq and Syria.
• Developments in the Western Balkans, the Middle East and the Gulf, with particular reference to the European perspective of the Western Balkans, as well as the situation in the Middle East with the new data set by the “Abraham Accords”.
At the same time, the Minister of Foreign Affairs emphasized the two main and stable pillars of Greek foreign policy: the unwavering commitment to the implementation of International Law and the United Nations Charter, as well as Greece’s commitment to multilateral cooperation, citing the country’s participation as an example. to international bodies and organizations such as the European Union, NATO and the Council of Europe.
He stressed that Greece promotes peace and the resolution of issues in the region always based on the principles of international law, with particular reference to reaching an agreement on the delimitation of the EEZ with both Italy and Egypt and the decision to appeal jointly. with Albania at the International Court of Justice in The Hague on the same issue. He stressed that Greece hopes to resolve the dispute over the delimitation of the EEZ and the continental shelf in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean and with Turkey, always on the basis of International Law.
He referred separately to Greece’s support for the accession of the Western Balkan countries to the EU, noting that the strengthening of bilateral relations with these countries is a priority, in order to form an environment of cooperation in many areas of common interest.
He noted that Greece wants to become a bridge between the Middle East and the Gulf on the one hand and Europe on the other, emphasizing, however, that the country’s desire is to strengthen cooperation with countries in Africa and Asia.
Finally, he referred to the country’s bilateral relations with its traditional allies, such as Great Britain and the United States, as well as the desire to further strengthen bilateral ties and cooperation with other countries.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic