The agreement on economic support reached at the EU summit, Turkish aggression in the Southeastern Mediterranean, the issue of Hagia Sophia, Greece’s heavy burden from refugees and migrants, the pandemic and climate change dominated a meeting on Tuesday between the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, and the visiting German Foreign Minister, Haiko Maas, at the Presidential Mansion.
Sakellaropoulou pointed out the instability and the dangers posed in the Eastern Mediterranean by escalating Turkish aggression, while referring, in particular, to the symbolic and political significance of the conversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
At the same time, the President of the Republic noted that during the German Presidency of the EU, Greece looks forward to progress in vital issues for the country.
On his part, Maas praised Greece on its handling of the pandemic, acknowledged its contribution to managing migration, as well as the challenges it faces due to its geographical location, and promised that the German EU Presidency will make every possible effort to make progress on the issues that concern Greece.
Με τον γερμανό Υπουργό Εξωτερικών @HeikoMaas συζητήσαμε για τη συμφωνία στήριξης των οικονομιών που επιτεύχθηκε στη Σύνοδο Κορυφής της ΕΕ, την τουρκική επιθετικότητα στη ΝΑ Μεσόγειο, το θέμα της Αγίας Σοφίας και το μεγάλο βάρος που φέρει η Ελλάδα στο προσφυγικό-μεταναστευτικό. pic.twitter.com/4o5Tgi1dkD
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