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17 March, 1998
Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos said yesterday that "participation in Economic and Monetary Union is at the heart of our foreign and economic policy, while the public's response is positive".
He made the statement in an address at the Royal Institute of International Affairs on Greek foreign policy, and in the framework of "Greece in Britain" events.
"We believe that Europe's monetary union will lead our continent to a new era of prosperity and progress, and that the euro will represent Europe's economic strength, which will be able to impose its views worldwide," he added.
Regarding EU enlargement, Mr. Pangalos said Cyprus would be the first candidate member to complete negotiations for entry as it fulfilled all necessary criteria.
Source: Athens News Agency