Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias commented that Greece considers its relations with Syria and Libya “extremely important.”
At the Conference of the Hellenic Society of International Law and International Relations, Dendias said:
“We consider extremely important our relations with countries that are united in addressing regional challenges, such as Syria and Libya, but also the strong intervention of Turkey in the region.”
Θεωρούμε εξόχως σημαντικές τις σχέσεις μας με χώρες ομονοούσες ως προς την αντιμετώπιση περιφερειακών προκλήσεων, όπως η Συρία και η Λιβύη, αλλά και την έντονη παρεμβατικότητα της Τουρκίας στην περιοχή. (Συνέδριο της Ελληνικής Εταιρείας Διεθνούς Δικαίου και Διεθνών Σχέσεων) pic.twitter.com/EJ2NvLAxBV
— Nikos Dendias (@NikosDendias) February 27, 2021
Last year, the Greek Foreign Ministry finally announced a restoration of relations between Greece and Syria and assigned former ambassador to Syria and Russia, Tasia Athanassiou, as a Special Envoy of Greece’s Foreign Ministry for Syria.
The appointment of Athanassiou is extremely strategic as she was Greece’s ambassador to Damascus from 2009 to 2012, meaning she is already familiar with Syria and their authorities.
The Greek Foreign Ministry said that contacts will be made for the “international aspects of Syria and related humanitarian action, as well as coordination of actions in view of the ongoing efforts to rebuild Syria.”
This month or next month, depending on the COVID-19 situation, a Greek-Syrian Chamber of Commerce will be opened in Thessaloniki.