Jaishankar invites FM Dendias to visit India “at the earliest opportunity”

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Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Tuesday spoke on the phone with the Foreign Minister of India Subrahmanyam Jaishankar following up on their meeting in Athens in June 2021.

The Indian foreign minister invited Dendias to visit India at the earliest opportunity.

In this context the two foreign ministers reviewed the rapid growth witnessed in the breadth of the Greek-Indian relations, the foreign ministry said.

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On Twitter, Jaishankar posted: Pleasure to speak to Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias of Greece. Recalled my productive visit last year. Discussed taking our agenda forward in trade and investment, defence, mobility and consular matters.”

At the invitation of Dendias, Jaishankar arrived in Athens on June 25 last year for a three day visit.

At the time, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed that Greece places special emphasis on its relationship with India and highlighted that the relationship had not developed in the way that it should have in the past, but that this will certainly change.

Mitsotakis also emphasised that he has personally visited India many times and has the highest admiration for the biggest democracy in the world, before stressing the ancient and civilizational ties between the two countries.

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“I think this is an opportunity to move our bilateral relations forward,” Mitsotakis said.

In response to Mitsotakis’ opening statements, Jaishankar said Thank you, Prime Minister. First of all, I bring the greetings of Prime Minister Modi.”

“It is of particular privilege to be here on the two hundredth anniversary of your independence. It is therefore a statement of support, solidarity, friendship with Greece,” he continued.

“We actually started our discussions yesterday and I agree with you, we have a very comfortable relationship, but so far not an ambitious relationship. There is much more we can do,” Jaishankar stressed.

It now certainly appears that this relationship is becoming more ambitious and closer.

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