Mitsotakis speaks with Antony Blinken about developments in the Middle East

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on February 20, 2023.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday spoke on the phone with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and discussed the latest developments in the Middle East and the humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

According to government sources, Mitsotakis reiterated Greece's position for the condemnation of Hamas' terrorism and Israel's right to self-defence.

He also expressed his concern for the protection of the civilians in the Gaza Strip, noting that humanitarian ceasefires should exist as well as a continuous flow of the necessary humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

Sakellaropoulou expresses support to the families of Israeli hostages

The President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, received family members of Hamas hostages at the Presidential Mansion in Athens on Monday.

Welcoming Galia and Ilay David, the mother and brother of 22-year-old hostage Evyatar David, as well as Orit and Aviram Meir, mother and uncle of hostage Almog Meir, who is also being held hostage in the Gaza Strip, Sakellaropoulou expressed her undivided support, as well as that of the entire Greek people, to the families of the Israeli hostages. She also wished for the speedy return of their loved ones and for peace to prevail in the region.

As she said, the taking of hundreds of people hostage, including young children, women and the elderly, is a trauma for the collective conscience of humanity and constitutes one of the most serious war crimes, for which the perpetrators should face the consequences.

She also underlined that international pressure should be intensified on Hamas in order to allow the abductees to communicate and of course return safely to their families and homes, adding that Greece unreservedly supports every diplomatic effort in this direction.

The President of the Republic spoke with Almog Meir's mother, who referred to the hostage situation and her last communication with her son, expressing the dramatic ordeal of families and relatives of hostages, who have no information about the fate of their loved ones.

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