ROME – “With Minister Dendias, we have agreed to strengthen our role as an energy hub in Europe and to collaborate on European issues”, in particular on the “need for an agreement on migration”, the Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Luigi Di Maio, in a joint statement. press conference with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias.
Greece and Italy engaged in an “exchange of tools for the ratification of an agreement on the demarcation of maritime borders” on Monday, which is very important, Dendias said, adding that it “shows the relations exemplary with Italy within the framework of the EU as well as at bilateral level”.
He stressed the importance of “respect for international law, and in particular the law of the sea”.
Dendias went on to accuse Turkey of “violations in the eastern Mediterranean” and “threats” against his country.
“Our relations are excellent, from trade to investments.
Italy occupies one of the most important positions in the Greek market. The close collaboration between Greece and Italy is not new, and this is how it should be because it is a natural situation between two close and friendly countries”, continued Dendias, assuring that there would be joint efforts with Rome on the issue of migration for a “shared European solution”.
The Greek minister then commented on the situation in Libya, stressing the “need for the summit co-chaired by Italy” scheduled for Friday “to be held in Paris to give a signal on the withdrawal of foreign troops and the elections”.
During their meeting, the two ministers also discussed ways to promote the Mediterranean diet, which Italy and Greece share.
“We are committed to closer coordination” with Greece on “nutritional system labelling, to add value to the Mediterranean diet and to protect producers and consumers,” Di Maio noted.