Opposition Leader visits isolated Kastellorizo

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Greece’s main opposition party leader, Kyrakos Mitsotakis visited Kastellorizo on Sunday, where he assured the local population that Greece will defend all its “inviolable rights arising from the Law of the Sea” and against any challenges.

“My presence here is not just symbolic. It is a statement of the unity of our nation, which is a shield for the security of the country and signals our dedication to peace and stability,” said the New Democracy leader, arriving on the island as part of a tour of the Dodecanese island group.

Mitsotakis visited the island’s natural harbour and talked with local residents, including the mayor of Megisti, the main town. He promised that an ND government will take steps to make life easier for the Greek islands.

“Through small interventions that normally do not cost a great deal we can make the life of island residents a great deal better. We will work on a development plan especially for small islands,” he said. ND’s leader also visited a Navy ship anchored in Kastellorizo, the island’s police station, health centre and coast guard.

Kastellorizo is the easternmost Greek island, only a mile off the Turkish coast which became popular in recent years among tourists looking for an isolated place in the Dodecanese, thanks also to the 1991 Oscar-winning movie Mediterraneo, by Gabriele Salvatores, which is set on the island during the Second World War.

He is next due to visit the islands of Kalymnos and Kos, which are the last stops on his tour.