Indian FM: Greece is our strategic partner

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

There is no doubt that relations between Greece and India are reaching unprecedented heights thanks to the close coordination between Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Even if it seems strange to some, it is worth noting that India, the second most populous country in the world, in the next two years (2021-2022) will be one of the ten non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UN).

Despite the fact that the visit of Jaishankar to Greece, which was scheduled for November 30, was postponed due to COVID-19, the Indian Foreign Minister sent a warm letter to his Greek counterpart.

The Indian Foreign Minister, in a reply letter to Dendias, who congratulated him on the election of India as a non-permanent member of the Security Council for 2021-22, stressed that India considers Greece as a "strategic partner" with which she connects a "long-term friendship".

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

In the letter, Jaishanakar also stressed that his country has made it a priority for the Security Council to take a comprehensive approach to peace and security, based on full respect for international law, dialogue and mutual respect.

He concluded in the letter that he wants, together with Greece, to promote multilateralism in international diplomacy.

The above issues are expected to be thoroughly addressed during the forthcoming contacts between the two Foreign Ministers.

It is worth noting that the Greek-Indian rapprochement is not just coincidental, as Turkey has approached Pakistan, supporting all of Islamabad's claims against those of India, and Pakistan has backed all of Turkey's claims against Greece.

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

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Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos meeting with Indian Ambassador Amrit Lugun on October 21, 2020.

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.

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," he added.