“Greece is assuming a leading role as a factor of peace, stability and security in SE Europe and as a co-shaper of discussions on the future of the region. This pivotal role of our country was highlighted at the summit of the South East Europe Cooperation Process (SEECP) that took place on Friday in Thessaloniki,” government spokesperson Yiannis Economou said during a press briefing on Tuesday.
“This is the proof of the increased special weight of our country as a result of our foreign policy in recent years but also of the enhanced acceptance that Kyriakos Mitsotakis enjoys internationally,” he added.
Economou said it was important that the meeting had confirmed the European perspective of the countries of the region and that a joint declaration was adopted which noted the commitment of the participants to the principles of democracy and the rule of law, as well as the values of mutual respect and solidarity. “The declaration includes specific commitments for actions in areas such as security against old and new threats, energy security as well as green and sustainable development,” he said.
Referring to the Turkish provocations, Economou noted that Greece has total, steadfast and unqualified respect for international law and international treaties and, for precisely this reason, demands the same of its neighbours but also of the international community. “Our sovereign rights and our national sovereignty are undisputable and fully protected but also securely established, both legally and historically,” he underlined.