Greek Ambassador to India, Dimitrios Ioannou, hailed the upcoming confer with of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Athens on August 25, on the invitation of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Ioannou emphasised the significance of the confer with, noting that the final confer with by an Indian Prime Minister to Greece took put of dwelling 40 years ago.
With appreciate to India’s presence within the Mediterranean put, the ambassador acknowledged the expansion of India’s impact in world economics and politics. In an irregular interview with WION’s diplomatic correspondent Sidhant Sibal from Athens, he mentioned, “we have a surely particular take a look at up on of that extra or less cooperation for aloof and productive presence of India within the Eastern Mediterranean put and we extremely rate and adore a surely principled stance of India on the Cyprus notify all these years.”
Ioannou extra envisaged Greece as a conduit for fostering elevated connectivity between India and the European Union. He articulated this strategic understanding, pointing out that, “the principle opinion is that Greece can change into the gateway, the gateway for India to the European Union.” On the entrance of security cooperation, Ioannou underscored the burgeoning trust underpinning the Greek and Indian militia collaboration.
WION: How make you look for the upcoming confer with of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi?
Dimitrios Ioannou: Here’s a historic confer with, on tale of you appreciate the earlier one from an Indian Prime Minister changed into as soon as 40 years ago in 1983 when the Prime Minister of India changed into as soon as Indira Gandhi. Anyway, I mediate that right here’s a aggregate of the very soft, very robust relationship between Greece and India, and or no longer it’s surely an crucial step in strengthening our kinfolk.
WION: How make you look for connectivity because the key focal level between the 2 aspects?
Dimitrios Ioannou: okay, there is going to be a comprehensive cooperation between Greece and India. So the connectivity comes from many, many shall we affirm, from many, many programs. You know, the principle opinion is that Greece can change into the gateway to India to the European Union, and it’s in two ways. The one ability is a physical ability that is that most doubtlessly the total products that arrive from India to Europe, will enter the Europe, thru some Greek port thanks to the geostrategic put of dwelling of Greece. So the Greek ports are very unparalleled crucial in this means. There may be one other ability, the Indian investments in Greece. Connectivity comes in some ways, and I mediate that within the upcoming decades Greece will play a crucial just and can very effectively be a gateway for India to Europe.
WION: Greece has been supporting India on Kashmir, especially after elimination of special put of dwelling for the erstwhile reveal, what make you like to divulge on that?
Dimitrios Ioannou: Greece has constantly mentioned that right here is an interior affair of India and the Indian authorities and the Indian authorities, they’ve the true to elaborate what may perchance be the particular put of dwelling of Kashmir as of any assorted of any assorted put in India. Greece is democratic, India is a democratic nation. Every decision made by the Indian authorities desires to be revered by all global neighborhood. Here’s the put of dwelling of Greece relating to Kashmir.
WION: What extra or less security cooperation make you look for between the 2 worldwide locations?
Dimitrios Ioannou: As you appreciate, there had been no longer too prolonged ago two wanted joint exercises and military cooperation. One changed into as soon as the participation of the Indian Air Force within the European militia air pressure exercise. And the loads of one changed into as soon as the arrival of Indian ships in a single other Greek exercise. I mediate that by this cease cooperation we are constructing a surely soft feeling of trust between the 2 militaries on tale of we have a long-established technique relating to the glory of global rules, especially the UNCLOS. And additionally, we are each worldwide locations which may well be going to promote peace and stability in our areas and across the arena.
WION: How make you look for India’s involvement within the Mediterranean put?
Dimitrios Ioannou: Here’s natural, India’s presence is the arena is rising because the economic system is rising. It is rising within the political just. All these worldwide locations, thru their synergies and thru these partnerships, they are attempting to promote the worldwide stability and execrable, and we have a surely particular take a look at up on of that extra or less cooperation for aloof and productive presence of India within the Eastern Mediterranean put and we extremely rate and adore a surely principled stance of India on the Cyprus notify all these years.
WION: And how make you look for India’s stance on the Cyprus notify?
Dimitrios Ioannou: Positive, as I suggested you, we very unparalleled adore these, these moral and principled stance of India on the Cyprus notify. It has been since a surely prolonged time very particular component within the Cyprus notify. And or no longer it’s no longer easiest with their participation within the United International locations nevertheless additionally with their diplomatic stance and the enhance for UNSC resolutions on Cyprus.
WION: What is your take a look at up on of the Indo Pacific vision?
Dimitrios Ioannou: Now we have a surely concrete and particular level of take a look at up on relating to the Indo Pacific notify. What we desire is starting up and aloof maritime routes all over the put the put within the arena. At this fresh time, Indo Pacific, I’d affirm is the largest, the largest maritime route for the International substitute. So, in this means, we’re very unparalleled aligned with India.
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