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Deputy FM Mardas meet with New Zealand’s Minister of Trade, Todd McClay (Athens, 31 May 2016)
The Deputy Foreign Minister for International Economic Relations, Dimitris Mardas, met at the Foreign Ministry today, Tuesday, 31 May, with New Zealand’s Minister of Trade, Todd McClay, with the New Zealand Ambassador to Greece, Patrick Rata, in attendance.
The discussion, which took place in an excellent climate, focused on issues of strengthening the cooperation between the two countries on the bilateral and multilateral levels.
Mr. McClay emphasized the prospect of his country’s concluding a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU, expressing his satisfaction at our country’s support on this matter.
Mr. Mardas referred to the potential for increasing the bilateral volume of trade and investments between Greece and New Zealand, despite the great geographical distance that separates the two countries. Specifically, Mr. Mardas put particular emphasis on the field of economic cooperation, including tourism and construction projects in third countries, while he made separate mention of the need to protect designations of geographical origin and to lift the tariff barriers to exports of Greek canned peaches.