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Foreign Minister Droutsas in London (15-17 February 2011)

Friday, 18 February 2011

Foreign Minister Droutsas in London (15-17 February 2011)

Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas carried out a visit to London from 15 to 17 February, meeting with his UK counterpart, Mr. Hague, and Minister of State for EU and NATO Affairs Lidington, with whom he discussed matters of bilateral issues as well as regional policy issues, with emphasis on the recent developments in North Africa and the Middle East.

Mr. Droutsas also had the opportunity to exchange views on developments in the negotiations on the Cyprus issue, in the light of his recent visit to Nicosia, which was the previous stop on his tour.

Mr. Droutsas briefed the head of the opposition, Mr. Miliband, and shadow foreign secretary Alexander on the Cyprus issue, stressing in all of his talks that Greece supports the efforts of the Republic of Cyprus to find a just, viable and functional solution based on the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the Community acquis.

During his stay in London, the Foreign Minister also met with the IMO Secretary General E. Mitropoulos and Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain, and held a press conference with international new media and Greek correspondents in London.

Mr. Droutsas departed London for New York, where he is scheduled to meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.