Rwandan General visits Athens, Greek engagement with Africa grows

Rwanda Konstantinos Floros

Rwandan General Jean Bosco Kazura visited Athens on Friday in a sign that Greece's relations with Africa is growing.

Konstantinos Floros, Chief of Defence Staff of the Greek Defence Force, said on Twitter that his Rwandan counterparts visit to Greece was "opening new horizons in our military cooperation" with Africa.

Jean Bosco Kazura Rwanda Konstantinos Floros

He said that both Greece and Rwanda played important role in maintaining "peace and stability in the Mediterranean and Central Africa" which "goes beyond geography."

It is recalled that on May 25, Greek Foreign Minister Dendias participated as a keynote speaker in an online conference co-organized by the South African Embassy and the Group of African Ambassadors in Athens in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry.

In his speech, the Foreign Minister welcomed the role of the African Union as a security architecture of the African continent and noted the creation of the African Continental Free Trade Area, which has the potential for a common market of 1.2 billion people.

Nikos Dendias

“Greece, which never had a colonial past in the region, has a long and valued relationship with African countries,” he said, adding: “By building on these longstanding relations, we are working towards further deepening our mutually beneficial partnerships.”

Dendias highlighted Greece’s intentions to upgrade cooperation in all sectors, both in bilateral and multilateral contexts.

“Our growing engagement in Africa is being also demonstrated by the opening recently of our new Embassy in Dakar which will cover the biggest part of the Sahel region,” the foreign minister said.

“Together with our other Embassies, the General Consulates, Consulates and Honorary Consulates in the Continent, Greece will continue working with our African partners to expand our relations on the ground,” he added.

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