14 May, 2008
"We signed an economic cooperation agreement between Argentina and Greece. A new era is opening up with this agreement in the development of our bilateral relations. I want to believe that this is the beginning, since more agreements will follow, which are necessary to strengthen our relations in other sectors as well." This was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Y. Valinakis after his meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Victorio Jose Taccetti and Deputy Trade and International Economic Relations Minister Alfredo Vicente Chiaradia, during which an Economic Cooperation Agreement between the two countries was signed.
Mr. Valinakis, who met yesterday with representatives of the Greek community in Argentina, referred to the important role played by the Greek communities in the country; communities that can make their own contribution to the effort to further strengthen the traditionally friendly relations between Greece and Argentina.
The talks also focused on issues concerning bilateral political relations and prospects for further strengthening cooperation in the economic and trade sectors, as well as other matters of international concern. Specifically, in regard to bilateral relations between the two countries, a series of agreements in important sectors – such as tourism, education, maritime transport, etc. – were examined and are expected to be signed in the near future within the framework of exchanges of visits by officials from the two countries.
Mr. Valinakis, who characterized the level of Greek-Argentinean bilateral relations as very good, also raised the issue of the 15 Greeks who went missing during the dictatorship in Argentina, requesting the cooperation of the authorities; a request that was met with sensitivity by the Argentinean side. EU-Argentina relations – and the need to strengthen them – were also discussed ahead of the upcoming EU-Latin America Summit Meeting in Peru.
Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Y. Valinakis departs today for Peru in order to represent our country at the meeting.