10 July, 2008
Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, accompanied by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and Deputy FM Yannis Valinakis, will attend the Barcelona Initiative: Union for the Mediterranean summit meeting to be held in Paris on July 13. The EU foreign ministers wil l hold a separate meeting within the framework of the summit.
"The Union of the Mediterranean is an excellent opportunity promoting growth in the region through the materialization of specific programmes of developmental, economic and social dimension," foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos told a regular p ress briefing on Wednesday.
The French initiative has been backed by Greece from the beginning through specific proposals.
Meanwhile, FM Bakoyannis will be present at the meeting between PM Karamanlis and his Spanish counterpart Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero scheduled for Thursday at noon at the government headquarters in Athens.
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