Members of the American Hellenic Institute were welcomed by the MP of Karditsa and Chairman of the Permanent Committee on National Defence and Foreign Affairs of the Greek Parliament, Mr Kostas Tsiaras.
This meeting continues in a way, the work that has been done by mr. Tsiaras during his tenure as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and has as a goal the closer cooperation between the two sides of the Atlantic. Indeed, members of the American Hellenic Institute expressed their thanks to Mr. Tsiaras for his help and the excellent cooperation they had during his tenure.
During the meeting the two sides discussed about the current developments in Cyprus and Skopje, within the context of the Greek Presidency of the EU. Both parts agreed that every effort should be made, in order for the American people to better understand our foreign policy agenda and the so called ”natuiona” matters. The members of the American Hellenic Institute referred to the ”unthinkable” practice of Turkey, a NATO member country, which illegally occupies a part of Cyprus, the irridentism on the side of FYROM when it comes to the name issue, and the stabilizing role of Greece in the Balkan region. Furthemore, they made particular reference to the further development of trilateral cooperation between Greece, USA and Israel.
From his part, Mr. Tsiaras praised the remarkable activity of the Institute for the promotion of the Greek national positions in the U.S. and noted the great service they offer to the Fatherland. Alongside the MP of Karditsa stressed that our country makes an excellent chair the Council of the EU, which, however, is overshadowed by the events in Ukraine. Furthermore, he noted that the elections are the foremost challenge for Europe, which is facinga new area, characterized by great instability. Regarding the name issue of FYROM, Mr. Tsiaras pointed out that Greece has done all possible steps and showed goodwill, but now the neighboring country have to accept an erga omnes name, that is strictly determined by geography.
On Tuesday, May 7, Mr. Tsiaras, met with MP’s from the Friendship Group from Georgia, as part of their official visit to Greece. The two sides discussed issues of economic cooperation and issues regarding the Greek minority in Georgia. The Georgian deputies reported extensively on the reform program their country implemented, while the MP Karditsa reiterated that Greece supports Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic perspective.