19 July, 2003
WASHINGTON 19/07/03 (ANA - T. Ellis)
Greek Ambassador to the United States George Savvaides out-lined the priorities and challenges of Greek foreign policy in an address to 50 members of Washington's World Affairs Council during a special event at the Greek embassy on Thursday evening.
His address focused on three major sectors: Greece’s position in the European Union and NATO, Greek-U.S. relations and Greece’s geopolitical position in the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean, with special reference to the Cyprus and Middle East issues.
Savvaides referred to the country's positive course in the EU and to the work it accomplished during the Greek EU presidency, noting the praise it received for the way it handled challenges which emerged, particularly in relation to the crisis in Iraq.
On the question of Greek-U.S. relations, he stressed that they are characterized by the lack of substantive problems and that they are moving in a climate of mutual trust, common ideals and common pursuits. Commenting on the Balkans, the ambassador set out the initiatives of the Greek government on the region's stabilization with private investments amounting to 2.4 billion dollars, a national economic reconstruction program totalling 550 million dollars and the incorporation of countries in the western Balkans in European institutions.
Savvaides also underlined the need for a solution to the issues of Cyprus and the Middle East to secure stability in the eastern Mediterranean.
Source: Athens News Agency