Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is in London on a three-day working visit.
His schedule is as follows:
On Sunday, at 09:30 (local time), he was interviewed by BBC One and journalist Laura Kuenssberg on her Sunday morning political show.
At 18:30, Mitsotakis will address an event of the Secretariat of Diaspora Greeks of New Democracy.
On Monday morning, he will attend the Greek investment roadshow organized by Morgan Stanley and the Athens Stock Exchange.
(See below for Greek embassy event on Monday afternoon)
At 17:00, he will meet with United Kingdom leader of the opposition and of the Labour Party Keir Starmer.
On Tuesday, at 12:45, the PM will meet with UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Downing Street.
Mitsotakis will have an opportunity to meet with leading investors and present Greek investment options in Greece at the Greek investment roadshow in Morgan Stanley’s London offices organized in collaboration with the Athens Stock Exchange. He attended a similar roadshow in London in 2022, and this year he is scheduled to hold a discussion at the event with Morgan Stanley’s Intestment Banking Vice-President Luigi Rizzo.
Speaking of the related timing and investment opportunities, government sources said the Greek economy continues to serve as the Eurozone’s positive surprise, it has recovered investment grade, and recently the National Bank’s placement was oversubscribed successfully. At the meetings with Sunak, there will be an overall review of Greek-British relations, while the two leaders will exchange views on issues of regional and international interest, they sources said.
On Monday afternoon, Mitsotakis will address a Greek embassy event related to the office where diplomat and Nobel poet laureate George Seferis (1900-1971) worked, in the ambassadorial residence, and to the reading room, which will be named after historian, professor, and Seferis biographer Roderick Beaton.
Commenting on talks over the Parthenon Sculptures, government sources said that the Mitsotakis government has been conducting quiet and systematic diplomacy, which brought the issue of their return to the forefront again during the government’s first term, and managed to reverse British public opinion on the issue. Greece’s stance remains the same, which is to seek their return and placement at the Acropolis Museum while rejecting the British Museum’s ownership of the sculptural group. The Greek side was constructive and showed goodwill in previous talks with the British Museum, sources said, expanding a solution that would be mutually beneficial.
Mitsotakis is expected to raise the issue in his contacts with Sunak and Starmer, but does not expect immediate results.
“The fact we are not close to an agreement does not mean we will not continue to raise the issue,” the government sources added.