20 August, 2010
Prime Minister George Papandreou held a series of telephone contacts on Thursday with European Council President Herman van Rompuy, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The communications were held shortly after the visit to Athens by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and focused on the situation in the Middle East and the upcoming start of peace talks.
Papandreou briefed Rompuy both on Netanyahu's visit to Athens and his own visit to the Middle East.
The discussion between the Greek prime minister and Rompuy did not leave out references to developments in the Greek and European economy.
An extensive discussion on the Middle East, as well as the expression of the mutual hope for a meeting between them soon, dominated Papandreou's talks with the Palestinian Authority president.
Lastly, he discussed the situation in the Middle East and his contacts with the Palestinians during the phone call with Clinton, while an exchange of views took place on the situation in the Balkans and the Cyprus issue.
Source: Athens News Agency