Greece on the Middle East chessboard - Mitsotakis planning trips to Israel, Jordan and Egypt

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With the situation in the Middle East at a standstill, Greece's diplomatic backstage activity has been busy.

In this light, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis also takes his place on the chessboard of the consultations after yesterday's EU Summit, in which the EU participated and underlined the need to speak with a single voice on such an important issue concerning regional and European security.

However, after the explosion in the hospital in Gaza with hundreds of dead, creates a new situation.

Mitsotakis is expected to open his papers today in the interview he will grant to the main news bulletin of ANT1, after the cabinet meeting with a rich daily agenda.

In this interview, he is expected to formalise his travel to Israel on Thursday, a day after Joe Biden's visit and yesterday's visit by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

The Greek prime minister will be one of the first European leaders to be on the ground, given the strategic relationship between Greece and Israel, while, as government sources say, the Israelis appreciate the clear position our country has taken in the said conflict.

And yesterday, after all, at the teleconference of the leaders of the E.U., Mitsotakis raised both parameters of the issue, underlining Israel's right to self but also that civilians must be protected and the military response must be in accordance with international law.

This was, after all, the spirit of the telephone conversation Mitsotakis had with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend.

At the same time, the prime minister is expected to be in Jordan on Thursday, in all probability, given the need to discuss with all the players in the region, as Athens has reasonable concerns about the consequences that the expansion of the crisis at the regional level would have.

The role of Egypt

According to Proto Thema, Mitsotakis plans to be in Egypt on Saturday, in order to participate in a Summit of Leaders of the region on the developments in the Middle East convened by Egyptian President Al Sisi.

The organisation of the Summit was revealed yesterday by Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan from Lebanon, which means that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is also expected to attend.

Of course, at this stage the relations of the Arab countries with Israel seem explosive, while last night the Turkish-Israeli relations also had a sharp deterioration.

Yesterday, however, Mitsotakis pointed out before the European leaders the need for strategic cooperation of the EU with Egypt, given his communication with Mr. El-Sisi on Sunday night.

Egypt is also a key country for potential migration flows from Palestine, although both Egypt and Jordan have declared that they will not host hundreds of thousands of migrants. So far, however, as pointed out by Greek sources, there has been no increase in migration from the known sea routes.

In addition to this, of course, and given yesterday's incident in Brussels with the murder of Swedish fans by a "lone wolf" who swore jihad, the alert in Athens also concerns the internal security situation. As was discussed at a national security meeting, intelligence services and police forces are on full alert.

Notably, the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team is scheduled to be in Athens on Friday for the Euroleague match against PAO, where the security measures will be draconian.

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