Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has called for stronger ties with India as the world faces a “maelstrom of international developments”. In his address to the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), he said: “We are trying to develop our relations with countries which, as I said, are beyond the horizon: emerging powers that have similar or compatible positions with us”. , explaining, “I’m referring to India, which is set to become the most populous country in the world next year.”
Earlier this year, FM Nikos visited India and held talks with Foreign Minister Dr S Jaishankar, a visit which came after the Indian Foreign Minister visited his country on last year. During the talks in Delhi, they discussed many issues, including the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean where Turkish actions violated the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, UNCLOS.
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During the visit, the Greek Foreign Minister handed over Greece’s instrument of ratification as a signatory to the Framework Agreement on the International Solar Alliance. Trade between the 2 countries has exceeded US$1 billion despite the challenges posed by the covid pandemic.
The Greek foreign minister also hoped to develop ties with Japan and Vietnam which share “similar positions to ours on the law of the sea”, Australia and Indonesia. Regarding the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the foreign minister said it had “changed the world” and constituted a violation of the “principles of international law”. He said the invasion has led to food and energy crises and they can have “devastating consequences for societies around the world, leading to social upheaval and migration flows”, adding: “We all, probably , watched the latest happenings in Sri Lanka on our TV screens.”