Greece in the Indo-Pacific

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (r) and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands at a joint press conference at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, on August 25, 2023. Modi's visit was the first by an Indian premier in 40 years.

The recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Athens opens a new chapter in bilateral relations which have been least-favoured for decades. Despite vast class inequalities and widespread poverty, India has emerged as a major power in the Indo-Pacific region. With its dynamic economy, ambitious space program, the soft power of Bollywood and of course the size of its population, India aspires to star in the 21st century.

Athens may justifiably identify its interests with those of the United States and major European countries, but the harsh geopolitical reality dictates the tightening of relations with New Delhi. In any case, the Indian leadership shares US concerns about Chinese revisionism. It is no coincidence that the United Kingdom, France and Israel are in a hurry to develop their relations with India. For reasons of national interest, Greece must do the...

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