27 May, 2005
Bilateral relations, developments in the Middle East region, and confronting terrorism were the main topics on the agenda during Thursday's meeting between foreign minister Petros Molyviatis and his visiting Syrian counterpart Farouk al-Shara.
Molyviatis expressed satisfaction over the excellent relations between Greece and Syria, and with the Arab world in general, and noted prospects for further strengthening bilateral economic and commercial relations.
On violence and terrorism, Molyviatis warned that they comprised a major threat to security and peace in the wider region, and said confronting the phenomena was a fundamental priority.
"Our primary goal is to consolidate peace, security and stability in the region," Molyviatis added.
Al-Shara noted the immense prospects for cooperation at both bilateral and regional level, stressing that his country placed special importance on its relations with the European Union.
He said that security concerned all the peoples, not only the countries of the Middle East, and stressed the "need to restore peace to a region that has been disrupted due to the ongoing occupation of Arab territories by Israel".
The Syrian foreign minister also met with President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, while he was due to meet with main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou later in the evening.
Source: Athens News Agency