The Greek foreign minister discussed in a video conference with his Indian counterpart on Thursday ways to strengthen diplomatic and military relations between the two countries.
Nikos Dendias briefed his counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar of Greece’s commitment to resolving tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean in the context of International Law.
In video conference, FM @NikosDendias & #India FM @DrSJaishankar discussed strengthening relations & dvpts in #EasternMediterranean & South Asia
Τηλεδιάσκεψη ΥΠΕΞ Ν.Δένδια με ΥΠΕΞ Ινδίας S. Jaishankar για εμβάθυνση διμερών σχέσεων & εξελίξεις σε Αν.Μεσόγειο και Νότια Ασία. pic.twitter.com/hbNo9tc3aE
— Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών (@GreeceMFA) October 29, 2020
The Indian minister emphasized that his country considers the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea as the basis for resolving such disputes, and referred to a maritime disagreement between his country and Bangladesh which was settled in the context of international arbitration.
The two ministers also discussed strengthening cooperation in the defense sector, and especially in technology.
Diplomatic sources pointed out that strengthening ties with India is important, given that India’s neighboring country Pakistan is conducting joint naval drills with Turkey.
The meeting, they said, is part of Greece’s relations-building with rising powers in the world such as India, which has been voted a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.
A very warm virtual meeting with FM @NikosDendias of Greece. Discussed building on our historical friendship through enhanced cooperation in commerce, technology and culture. The agenda covered our respective regional situations. Will work closely in the multilateral domain. pic.twitter.com/v1C0GROI7N
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) October 29, 2020
The political climate in the relations between the two countries is excellent, with relations being multifaceted, harmonious and warm, as the two peoples are linked by close ties of friendship and mutual cooperation, and represent ancient cultures, the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs says.
It notes that Greek-Indian cultural relations date back some 3,000 years. Today, they include numerous events, including film festivals, book launchings, recitals, theatrical performances and exhibitions, while there are also a significant number of Associations and Unions in Greece and India that are active socially and culturally.