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09 October, 1998
Prospects for expanding cooperation between Greece and South Africa were examined on Thursday during a meeting between Greek National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos and his visiting South African counterpart Joe Modise.
Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said after the meeting that cooperation could be extended to encompass many fields, such as the social, political and economic sectors in addition to the defense industry, where "there will be better initiatives in the immediate future".
Mr. Modise expressed appreciation for Greece's support in S. Africa's struggle for democracy, and for the role of the large Greek community in South Africa in the country's economic development.
Mr. Modise said bilateral development in the armaments sector should be developed, and also in the commerce sector, giving as an example the import of olive oil from Greece.
The meeting also focused on topics the two countries shared concern over, and considered priorities for, the future of the world, since Europe and Africa are now very close and the problems were mutual ones, Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said.
The two defense ministers also said that South African president Nelson Mandela would visit Greece, but did not specify when or give any details.
Source: Athens News Agency