Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Friday addressed the 6th Summit of the Three Seas Initiative taking place in Sofia, in which Greece is participating for the first time with the status of guest country.
She stressed that Greece considers the Initiative very important for enhancing cooperation in energy, transport and digital connectivity.
Upon her arrival at the summit, Sakellaropoulou said that this initiative will significantly contribute to economic growth in the region and help consolidate good neighbourly relations, based on respect for international and European law.
She also pointed out that a stronger relationship with Greece via the Initiative will be beneficial for all parties that want to promote their common interests, as well as the interests of the EU.
On the sidelines of the Summit she met with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, Polish President Andrzej Duda, as well as the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
In her speech at the Summit, Sakellaropoulou stressed the special importance of this ambitious Initiative, which aims to bridge the developmental gap between the countries of the European Union by upgrading vital cross-border infrastructure.
She also stressed that the geographical location of Greece highlights its potential to play an important interregional role in South-Eastern Europe.
The next meeting of the Three Seas Initiative is to take place in 2022 in Latvia.
Greece’s participation adds a fourth sea, benefiting all parties
Sakellaropoulou also noted in a tweet on Friday that Greece’s presence at the summit added a fourth sea, the Mediterranean, for the benefit of all involved.
“Greece is taking part for the first time, with the status of guest country, in the Summit of the Three Seas Initiative,” she said.
“I pointed out that its stronger relationship with this cooperation formation will add a fourth sea, the Mediterranean, for the benefit of all parties,” Sakellaropoulou said.
This is the first time that Greece has been invited to attend the Three Seas Initiative, which brings together countries on the shores of the Baltic, Adriatic and Black Seas.