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Greece became a full member of the “Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie” (OIF) at the 11th OIF Summit Meeting (Bucharest, 28-29 November 2006). Previously, Greece had been an associate member since 2004. At the 37th meeting of the OIF Parliamentary Assembly (Congo, 6-8 July 2011), Greece joined the OIF Parliamentary Assembly as a full member, hosting, in Athens, the March 2012 meeting of the Steering Committee of the Network of Women Parliamentarians of the Parliamentary Assembly of the OIF.

Greece’s decision to join La Francophonie was propelled by the prospect of participation in a significant forum based on a common language (French) and an area of common principles and solidarity, the main aims of which are to promote democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights, to consolidate peace and security, and to protect cultural heritage and linguistic diversity. It is on the preservation of these principles that the survival of nations and their cultures is more or less dependent. Greece contributes actively and on a practical level to the promotion of the goals of Francophonie. Local cooperation of representatives of OIF member states in various parts of the world – cooperation in which Greek diplomatic missions always take part actively and constructively – is deemed very useful.

A three-year (2015 – 2018) French language teaching program under a memorandum signed at the Ministerial Conference in Erevan on 10 October 2015 was successfully completed.

The OIF continues to grow and currently counts 54 member states, 7 affiliated states, and 27 observer states throughout the world.

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