Greece, India eye ‘strategic relationship’

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend a joint press conference at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, August 25, 2023. [Stelios Misinas/Reuters]

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis welcomed his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to the Maximos Mansion in Athens on Friday in a historic first visit by an Indian premier in 40 years, underlining the improvement in relations between the two countries that have been consistently cultivated in recent years.

Mitsotakis and Modi referred to a joint statement by both sides upgrading the relationship to "a strategic one."

The statement signed reflects the common understanding between Greece and India for a free, open and rule-based Mediterranean Sea and Indo-Pacific, in accordance with the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and with full respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and freedom of navigation.

A meeting between the two delegations, meanwhile, established a wide framework for cooperation focused on economy, defense, culture...

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