The first round of contacts between Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in New York, as part of the High Level Week of the 76th UN General Assembly, has been completed. These meetings were not limited to the network of countries with which Greece has developed close diplomatic relations. On the contrary, they moved in a broader context, with the aim of cultivating relations with states with which Greece has a common understanding on key issues of International Law or a common interest in addressing international challenges.
In this light, Mr. Dendias met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, as it is a country with which Greece has a common understanding of the Law of the Sea. The second part of the minister’s contacts focused on African countries, which play a central role in security and migration management.
As Nikos Dendias noted, “these meetings are part of a strategy of contacts of Greek diplomacy with countries with which Greece has a common understanding of things, such as Costa Rica in the Law of the Sea, but also common challenges that must to be addressed. The countries of sub-Saharan Africa and Central Africa are facing very significant problems. They are countries that are close to the Sahel, that is, an area where security threats are developing and there is an influx of migrants. In this sense, the constant contact with them, the joint confrontation of the problems of security and climate change is something that concerns the European Union and of course also concerns Greece “.
The rest of the minister’s program included meetings with Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulidis and the president of the UN Secretary General, Maldives Foreign Minister. In addition, Mr. Dendias participates in the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the European Union, which focused on Afghanistan and the new data that are being formed after the trilateral US-British-Australian defense alliance.
On Tuesday, the Foreign Minister will attend the opening of the UN General Assembly. He will then meet with his counterparts from Algeria and Saudi Arabia, and will take part in a high-level event for the protection of women and girls in Afghanistan.