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Moavero in Athens, common agenda with Greece

Meetings with President Pavlopoulos and FM Dendias

08 August, 19:57

(ANSA) - ROME, AUGUST 8 - Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, is currently on a mission to Greece, in Athens. He will meet the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopīos Pavlopoulos, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias.

The last bilateral visit of an Italian Foreign Minister to Greece dates back to three years ago and, significantly, the mission of Minister Moavero will be the first of a Foreign Minister of a Member State of the European Union to the new Greek Government.

The objective of the mission - reads a statement from the Ministry - is to set a common agenda, with structured mechanisms and regular mutual consultation, to better coordinate the positions in the multilateral forums in which both countries participate, such as the UN and related bodies, NATO and the EU.

Between Greeks and Italians, there are ties made up of a very ancient relationship and a multi-millennial civilization.

Therefore, the present relations of close and affectionate friendship are based on history, as well as the natural remarkable convergence of the respective priorities and political and economic interests. Furthermore, the two countries share the geopolitical position in the Mediterranean Sea area and the consequent challenges and opportunities. In this regard, Minister Moavero will propose possible joint initiatives to promote an overall stabilization of the area with the cessation of the many conflicts and to better govern the large migratory flows with full and solidary involvement of all the EU member states and the EU. Moreover, concerning the prospects for the accession negotiations of the Western Balkan countries, the two Ministers will have the opportunity to discuss and agree on the stance to be adopted at the next crucial meetings of the EU Council. (ANSA).


Moavero, with Greece, Mediterranean Sea 'great opportunity'


(ANSA) - ATHENS, AUGUST 8 - Italy's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Enzo Moavero Milanesi, today on a mission to Athens, underlined the close ties between Italy and Greece, pointing out the geopolitical aspect ("we both are in the Mediterranean Area"). This aspect "involves challenges but also enormous opportunities", he said at the end of the meeting with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias.
Then he remarked that the "stabilization" of the area would be a "great economic opportunity". Today in Athens, Moavero will also meet the President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopīos Pavlopoulos. Minister Moavero's visit is the first of a Foreign Minister of an EU member state since the establishment of the new Greek government. (ANSA).


Moavero, Italy and Greece, same geopolitical conte


(ANSA) - ATHENS, AUGUST 8 - "In a globalized world where new technologies have shortened the distances between us all, we realize that geopolitics remains crucial in the destiny of nations and peoples. And Greece and Italy share the same geopolitical context, we both are in the Mediterranean area", Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi underlined at the end of his meeting with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias today in Athens.
Moavero said that with Minister Dendias he spoke of "working together with periodic consultations between our foreign affairs administrations and our foreign ministers". "The goal - he added - is to better coordinate our stances in the different forums we both attend monthly, starting from those of the European Union". "European Union also means talking together about the prospects for enlargement to the Western Balkans, another area of great interest to both countries", Moavero explained. "Therefore - he then added - we will coordinate our stances, to achieve a common stance on these issues, as well as on other subjects". (ANSA)


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