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Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs G. Katrougalos’ Statements to the Press following his meeting with his Japanese counterpart, N. Kishi (Athens, 16 January 2017)

Monday, 16 January 2017

It is with particular pleasure that I met today with the Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nobuo Kishi, during his visit to our country.

During our meeting, we had the opportunity to confirm the excellent nature of our relationship and to discuss ways to further develop it in all areas, taking advantage, to the fullest extent possible, of the inexhaustible potential that it represents.

We specifically discussed expanding and deepening cooperation between our two countries in the sector of economy and trade, which exhibits exceptional potential. For my part, I set out in detail for Mr. Kishi the significant investment and business opportunities presented by the country’s recovering economy, as well as the quality services available in the tourism sector, which could make Greece one of the first choices in terms of destinations for Japanese tourists. We also discussed ways of promoting bilateral trade and further developing commercial transactions.

Furthermore, we focused on our cooperation in view of the Tokyo Olympics, which will be finalized with the signing of the relevant Memorandum. Greece is able to contribute to the success of these games, not only because it represents the birthplace of the Olympic ideal, but also because of the experience we gained hosting the 2004 Olympics.

Our two countries share common principles and values, among which is commitment to international law, which constitutes the guiding principle of our foreign policy. We have also agreed to join forces, as significant maritime nations, to work together for the establishment of the rule of law at sea as well, because we believe that problems and provocations internationally must be confronted in this context.

Yesterday morning, Mr. Kishi visited the refugee reception center in Eleonas and had the opportunity to see for himself the efforts that our country is making to host refugees in the best possible way.

Finally, I would like to announce that I extended an invitation on the part of our country’s Prime Minister, Mr. Tsipras, to the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Abe, to visit Greece in the near future. We hope that this visit will represent a new milestone in the relations between our two countries, sealing the new dynamic that we wish to bestow upon them.


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