Greece and Britain agree on closer co-operation

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met with UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss in London on Monday. During the meeting they discussed bilateral and regional issues and signed a memorandum of understanding for closer co-operation in a number of areas of common interest.

At the end of the meeting, the Greek Foreign Minister said that they had a wide-ranging discussion on defense-related issues and broader issues, the situation in the Balkans, as well as investment and education issues, in general the general scope of Greek-Greek relations. before the visit of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the UK in mid-November.

According to Nikos Dendias, the discussions were extremely important. “We were also able to see a little bit together the problems we face in the Cyprus problem, the problems in the Eastern Mediterranean, the problems of the implementation of the Law of the Sea. “We had the opportunity to sign a Greek-British agreement covering the whole range of fields, defense, trade, commerce, educational relations, anything that can be imagined to be of interest to both countries,” the Greek foreign minister noted.

He went on to say that what he would like to see from now on is “to be able to give substance to this Agreement by implementing it. To further develop our relationship and to witness the emergence of the United Kingdom “The European Union does not in any way mean a reduction in its relations with Greece. On the contrary, it is an opportunity for closer, deeper, more sincere bilateral relations.”

According to the Foreign Office, Elizabeth Truss said that “the framework we have signed with Greece will open new opportunities for trade and investment in both countries, enabling better cooperation between businesses, investors and industry, and is built on strong cooperation of security and defense as we seek to challenge malevolent actors who threaten to disrupt our freedoms and way of life ”.

According to the Foreign Office, the UK-Greece Bilateral Strategic Framework will be based on the strong existing relationship between the UK and Greece. The two countries are committed to working together to promote stability and security as NATO allies, and to increase Europe’s resilience in the face of security threats from malignant actors.

The framework will enable individual agreements to be reached in a range of sectors, including foreign policy, defense, trade and investment, health, education, tourism and maritime affairs.

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