17 February, 2011
Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas met with the British Foreign Secretary William Hague yesterday in London. Discussions focused on shared priorities including the Cyprus issue, European enlargement towards countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey, as well as current developments in Egypt and the Middle East.
While in London, Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas gave an interview to Bloomberg TV and journalist Maryam Nemazee. Droutsas stressed the significant role that Greece and Europe can play in the Middle East's transition to democracy, referring particularly to the longstanding traditional bonds of mutual understanding and respect between Greece and the Arab world.
Droutsas referred to the long history of partnership
and cooperation between the two countries, and told the British Foreign Secretary
about the Prime Minister’s initiative for the establishment of a "Democracy Centre" in Greece, to help promote democracy in the Middle East. On his part, Hague expressed confidence
that their talks will enable the two countries to build on their already strong relationship over the coming years.
Droutsas also referred to the problem of illegal immigrants that Greece is facing due to its difficult geopolitically position.
Source: GREEK NEWS AGENDA issued by the Secretariat Genera