Athens faces a demanding foreign policy agenda in 2024

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attend a press conference at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, on December 7, 2023. [Louisa Gouliamaki/Reuters]

Substantial developments are anticipated in foreign policy and defense issues in 2024. Not least among them are the contacts between Greece and Turkey, which will be dominated by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis' meetings with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara (or Istanbul) in April and on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Washington in July. 

They will be the culmination of a series of consultations that are likely to result in some form of meeting with the ideal goal of bringing disputes over maritime zones in the Aegean to international justice.

The year will also be crucial for the European perspective of the Western Balkans, where Athens and the Mitsotakis government have invested heavily. 

However, the case of Fredi Beleri, the ethnic Greek elected mayor of Himare in southern Albania, is creating obstacles to this policy, as the government in...

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