Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the new President of the Hellenic Republic, made her first official visit as President to the Greek Ministry of Defense in Athens on Tuesday morning.
While there, Sakellaropoulou underlined the important role the Armed Forces play for the protection of the country’s sovereign rights, as well as in addressing the Greek and global public health crisis.
Είχα σήμερα την πολύ μεγάλη τιμή να υποδεχτώ στο Υπουργείο Εθνικής Άμυνας την Πρόεδρο της Δημοκρατίας Κατερίνα…
Posted by Nikos I. Panagiotopoulos on Tuesday, 17 March 2020
The President pointed out that Greece has been a member of the European Union for many decades and that it is an integral part of European territory, adding that “guaranteeing peace, security and stability in Southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean is a pillar of our national strategy.”
She noted that the defense of Greece’s territorial sovereignty and national borders thus takes on a European dimension, as the Greek borders are also the external southeastern borders of our Union.
“Our country, which is dedicated to international law and fully respects the international treaties and obligations that derive from them, constitutes an example of a democratic and peaceful force that believes in peaceful coexistence, cooperation and friendship among the peoples of the region.
“However, this does not mean that she will show weakness in the face of any aggression or actions aimed against her. The Greek Armed Forces prove this every day. Greece’s national sovereignty is non-negotiable. The protection of our sovereign rights is self-evident,” the President noted emphatically.
According to the Greek constitution, Sakellaropoulou is now the country’s commander in chief, the very first time a woman has ever held such a role.