Indian FM emphasizes "historical friendship" with Greece as bilateral ties rapidly foster

Indian FM in a teleconference call with Nikos Dendias.

Ties between Greece and India are rapidly increasing as there has been a diplomatic storm between the two countries this month.

Today, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias had a video conference with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankat.

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Greek FM Nikos Dendias speaking with his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar - October 29, 2020.

Dendias said the meeting was on the "strengthening of Greek-Indian relations and developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and South Asia."

On Twitter, Jaishankar wrote "A very warm virtual meeting with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias of Greece. Discussed building on our historical friendship through enhanced cooperation in commerce, technology and culture. The agenda covered our respective regional situations. Will work closely in the multilateral domain."

It appears that Greece and India will begin working more closely with each other in international forums to protect their interests, especially from the threat of the Turkish-Pakistani alliance.

Last week, Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos met with Indian Ambassador Amrit Lugun in Athens to increase military relations between the two countries, as reported by Greek City Times.

The boost in military ties between Greece and India comes at a time when Pakistan continues provocations in the East Mediterranean on behalf of Turkey, despite being located 5,000km away from Greece.

In addition to the meeting between the foreign minister's of Greece and India, and that between Panagiotopoulos and the Indian Ambassador, last week Outlook India reported how the Greek National Tourism Organization participated in the first-ever virtual version of South Asia's travel and tourism exhibition, SATTEGenX.

“India is one of the emerging markets of high quality and importance on an international level and it is one of the strategic goals of Greek Tourism to enter this market dynamically in the next 3 years," said Harry Theoharis, the Greek Minister of Tourism. "Already, before the pandemic started, we were in close cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism of India, the first goal being to establish a direct air flight connection."

In a matter of just days, Greek-Indian relations, that were always amicable but not as close as they should be considering the thousands of years of history the two civilizations share with each other, have rapidly increased in the military, diplomatic and tourism sectors, with promises of increases regarding trade, culture and technology.