PM meets visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar and discusses bilateral ties

The promotion of bilateral relations between Greece and India and the prospects of establishing strategic cooperation in areas of mutual interest were discussed in a meeting on Saturday between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and visiting Indian Minister of External Affairs, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. During the meeting, they emphasised the importance that both Greece and India attach to international law, the law of the sea and the principles of the United Nations.

The prime minister said that Greece considers relations with India to be of great importance and they also confirmed the excellent level of bilateral relations.

Mitsotakis noted that, while Greece puts great emphasis on relations with India, they have not been particularly well developed in the past "which increases expectations for the future."

"India is a country that I have personally visited many times. I have the greatest admiration for the world's largest democracy," he added, noting that Greece and India were both countries with civilisations that stretched back many centuries.

"As regards economic cooperation, Greece would be a natural point of entry for Indian businesses into the European market. There are, therefore, many things to discuss," he said, while also expressing his satisfaction at the unveiling of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Athens.

Jaishankar conveyed the greetings of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and agreed that relations between Greece and India were good but "not ambitious" and that there were many more things that could be done in this regard.

He said that the bilateral connection between Greece and India was one aspect but a broader framework was India's relationship with the EU, which was making progress as a whole.


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