Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Olaf Scholz

(Dimitris Papamitsos / Greek Prime Minister's Office)

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis welcomed the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Olaf Scholz, on his first visit to Athens.

The two leaders reviewed the excellent level of bilateral relations in a number of areas and stressed their will to further strengthen them.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis informed the German Chancellor about the positive performance of the Greek economy and on the reforms that the government has promoted, which have allowed the government to combine growth with the tax reduction policy, without undermining fiscal stability. He also spoke about the upward trend of Greek tourism and about our country’s strategy to extend the tourism season throughout the year.

They also discussed the war in Ukraine and the need to coordinate actions at the European level in order to support Ukraine.

The two leaders exchanged views on the effects of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on energy prices and energy security and on the need for European solutions to relieve households and businesses, also in relation to the decisions of the last European Council.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis informed Mr. Scholz about the infrastructures that Greece is developing, which are turning the country into a crucial hub for the energy security of Southeast Europe, as well as a model of regional cooperation.

The Prime Minister informed Mr. Scholz about Turkey’s aggressive rhetoric and provocative behavior and reiterated that Greece is firmly in favor of maintaining open channels of communication and understanding, on the basis, however, of International Law and good neighborly relations.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis also informed the Chancellor of Germany about the latest developments regarding the invalid and unsubstantial nature of the Turkish-Libyan memorandum that undermines stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The two leaders also discussed current developments in the Western Balkans and the need to promote the European path of the countries of the region also through the Berlin Process, in the next Summit where Kyriakos Mitsotakis will participate, on November 3.

The European challenge of the migration issue was also discussed, which requires a common European policy and support of the frontline countries.