Foreign Minister holds official talks with Greek counterpart

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, held here today official talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Nikos Dendias, during his official visit to Greece.

They reviewed the strong historical friendly relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Hellenic Republic, and the growth and development they are witnessing at all levels, within a framework of mutual respect and a common desire to enhance and develop bilateral cooperation in various political, economic and investment fields for the benefit of the two friendly countries and peoples.

The two sides also discussed regional, international, political, and security developments and their repercussions on security, peace, and stability in the Middle East and Europe.

Following the discussion session, the two ministers held a press conference in which they reviewed what had been discussed in the session.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs commended the depth of the close historical friendship and constructive cooperation between the two friendly countries, and the growth and development they are witnessing in various fields and at all levels, in light of the mutual keenness of the two wise leaderships of the two countries to enhance cooperation and open up new horizons for consolidating and developing bilateral relations and achieving shared interests.

He added that he held an important and fruitful discussions session with his Greek counterpart, during which they reviewed the distinguished friendly relations between the two countries and stressed the need to continue joint efforts to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields, increase joint consultation and coordination, and exploit opportunities and capabilities available to increase joint cooperation to achieve the goals and aspirations of the two friendly countries.

He further underlined that the two sides stressed the importance of developing bilateral relations in all economic, commercial, investment, cultural, tourism, technology, and environmental fields, and the need to take advantage of the attractive climate for investment in both countries, as well as expand areas of trade exchange, and strengthen partnerships.

He added that they had discussed enhancing cooperation in the field of diplomatic training through the Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa Academy for Diplomatic Studies and the Greek Diplomatic Academy.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs underscored that both sides had discussed the latest regional and international developments, including issues related to conflicts in the Middle East, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the European continent, and stressed the need to end all disputes and conflicts through dialogue and diplomatic means to prevail peace, security, and stability for the benefit of all peoples, within the framework of the principles of the United Nations Charter and noble human values.

He added that both sides had discussed the developments of the war in Ukraine and its repercussions on the stability and security of the European continent and international peace and security and stressed the need to reach a comprehensive and lasting peaceful settlement of the conflict through negotiations and diplomatic methods and in accordance with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, to preserve peace and security on the European continent and the world. He added that both sides further stressed the need to open safe corridors for civilians and provide them with protection, and to deliver humanitarian and relief aid to refugees and displaced persons.

He also added that they had underlined the importance of international cooperation to confront all challenges that threaten international peace and security, including weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, extremist ideology, and cyber-crimes.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Greece welcomed the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, commending the advanced level of the bilateral relations and the official visits between the two friendly countries. He further praised the status of the Kingdom of Bahrain and its pioneering role in building and extending bridges of cooperation between Europe and the Middle East, namely in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

He stressed the similar Bahraini-Greek visions towards common principles and values such as respect for international law and condemnation of the use of all forms of violence and force in international relations, noting the agreement on mutual support for the nominations for the United Nations Human Rights Council as a culmination of distinguished friendship relations.

Nikos Dendias also expressed the aspiration of Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of the Republic of Greece, to visit the Kingdom of Bahrain, to build on the level of existing cooperation between the two friendly countries and sign a number of agreements in the economic and commercial fields, renewable energy, tourism, digital governance, and the financial sector.

Source: Bahrain News Agency