Greece has a say and a role in the region and the ability to effectively deal with any intrusion as it is forming a national strategy against challenges, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said in an article in Sunday’s Free Press newspaper.
As the Foreign Minister pointed out, “from the first day of [Prime Minister] Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ rule, it became clear that our goal was a foreign policy with a sense of patriotic responsibility and national solidarity, which has turned its back on the grievances of the powerless and fraternal nation.”
Dendias analysed the alliances that Greece has created in the region, an environment of security and mutual understanding, as well as the bilateral strategic relations it has developed with countries such as the United States, France and Israel.
In particular, he recalled the signing of the updated MDCA agreement with the United States, which expands the US geostrategic footprint in Greece and the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He also mentioned the strategic partnership with France, but also the signing of the agreement on the delimitation of maritime zones with Italy, which “is another practical proof of an active foreign policy, guided by a clear strategy and based on international law and Charter Law of the Sea.”
At the same time, a Dendias pointed out, Greece is strengthening the existing tripartite cooperation schemes in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf region, by creating the five-member Greece-Egypt-Cyprus-France-UAE scheme, while at the same time cultivating policies of understanding with important countries in the region.
Greece rejuvenated its relations with North Africa, with Dendias visiting Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, and returning to multilateral diplomacy, participating for the first time in major initiatives beyond its region, such as the Sahel.
“In this regard, we have gained an effective channel of communication with the leadership of the Libyan House of Representatives and the Libyan National Army. We are systematically developing our contacts with the Permanent Members of the OHE Security Council, while expanding our country’s diplomatic presence with the targeted opening of new embassies,” he explained.
“We are proving every day that we believe in an extroverted, strong ally and partner in Greece. A Greece that with confidence in its forces faces with confidence any kind of challenge,” the Foreign Minister concluded.