Arancha Gonzalez Laya

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya at Maximos Palace on Tuesday.

The meeting focused on the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. After presenting the Greek positions, Mitsotakis pointed out the delinquent behaviour of Turkey, while the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque was also discussed, actions that have been condemned by the European Union in recent days.

The Prime Minister and Spanish Foreign Minister reaffirmed the excellent level of bilateral relations between Greece and Spain and agreed on the need to deepen and expand trade and economic relations.

The two countries’ cooperation on issues of European policy and common interest was also discussed. A special discussion was held on the need for cooperation between the two sides, in order to exchange ideas for the better and faster utilisation of the resources of the Recovery Fund, decided at the recent European Council.

The Spanish Foreign Minister also met with Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, with whom she discussed the role of the EU Recovery Fund in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic and Turkey’s actions in the East Mediterranean.

Sakellaropoulou said that ‘the baton is now being passed on’ to EU member states for the rapid use of money from the Recovery fund, Meanwhile the Spanish Minister reiterated her country’s position against Turkey’s unilateral actions and underlined that she favours a dialogue which, however, cannot be conducted under threat.