Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ meeting with the President of France, Emmanuel Macron

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with French President Emmanuel Macron, on the sidelines of the MED9 Summit in Valletta.

During their meeting, they discussed bilateral and European issues, in view of the European Political Community meeting and next week’s informal European Council (5-6 October) in Granada.

The two leaders expressed their satisfaction over the defence cooperation between the two countries. The Prime Minister thanked Mr Macron for France’s assistance in extinguishing the devastating fires that hit Greece this summer and reiterated that the EU must do more to tackle natural disasters and adapt to the climate crisis, in the spirit of the letter he has already addressed to the MED9 leaders.

The two leaders also exchanged views on the potential for cooperation in the field of technology regarding the forecasting of extreme weather events. During the meeting, particular emphasis was placed on migration and the importance of guarding the EU’s external borders and cooperation with countries of origin.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis stressed that Greece will remain consistent in its border security policy, while he pointed out that cooperation between Member States is needed to prevent departures and to discourage networks of traffickers from putting desperate people in boats and embarking on a dangerous journey.

The latest developments in Ukraine were also discussed.