Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with French Foreign Affairs Minister Catherine Colonna

(Dimitris Papamitsos / Greek Prime Minister's Office)

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met, at Maximos Mansion, with French Foreign Affairs Minister Catherine Colonna, who is paying a working visit to Greece. It is her first visit since assuming her duties.

During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on international, regional and European issues, with the energy crisis at the forefront.

The Prime Minister briefed President Colonna about the measures taken by the Greek government to address the energy crisis, and reiterated the need to face this broad challenge based on a coordinated European response.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis made a special reference to the significant potential that Greece presents as a strategic energy hub for EU’s energy security, and the independence from Russian energy sources.

The latest developments in Ukraine were also discussed.

The Prime Minister informed President Colonna about the escalation of the Turkish aggressive and provocative stance and the threats expressed by officials against Greek sovereignty, stressing that the neighboring country causes tension, undermining regional safety and stability.

He pointed out that Greece is a pillar of stability in the wider region and reiterated the need for dialogue based on the principles of International Law, including the Law of the Sea and good-neighborly relations.

The meeting was attended, on behalf of the Greek side, by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Theocharis Lalakos, the Director General of European Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Leonidas Rokanas, the Director of the Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Office Ambassador Anna-Maria Boura and Deputy Government Spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni.