Seeking continuity in foreign policy

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (left) listens to his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu (right), during a visit to the neighboring country in the wake of two devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria that left thousands dead, on February 12. The rapprochement stemming from the tragedy marked a significant thaw in Greek-Turkish relations. [AMNA]

Significant efforts are under way to ensure that the period of flux between the two expected rounds of voting in Greece's general elections brings no unpleasant surprises with regard to the easing of tension in Greek-Turkish relations, but also to prepare for any likely upsets from the elections in Turkey.

The main objective of these efforts is to safeguard the continued cooperation between government and other officials who have handled various aspects of the matter over the past few years and to ensure that there is no vacuum. What is certain is that the ministers of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias and Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos will remain in place until the May 21 election. In the likely event that a government is not formed, Dendias and Panagiotopoulos will be replaced as soon as President Katerina Sakellaropoulou has finished presenting the party leaders with the...

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