German government spokesman, Steffen Seibert told journalists during a press briefing that Germany continues to support the Prespes ‘name deal’ between Greece and FYROM hailing it as an ‘historic opportunity’ to potentially settle the long standing dispute between the two countries.

Germany believes the deal will open the way for new opportunities in the region Seibert said, but stressed that his comments should not be linked to domestic political affairs in Greece.

Seibert then referred to the forthcoming visit of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, during which the latter will hold meetings with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras; Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos; main opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis; as well as representatives from the economic and cultural sectors and from the civil society.

“Our contacts and discussions with the Greek government are intensive and frequent,” Seibert said, adding that “we have the chance to meet on various occasions but it is good that the Chancellor will again visit Athens.”


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