Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ statement upon arrival at the EU Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) (Brussels, 18.07. 2022)

First of all, I would like to express the Greek government’s satisfaction because the 1st Intergovernmental Conference with Albania and North Macedonia will finally take place here in Brussels tomorrow, after long efforts and a particularly arduous process.

Beyond that, the Council today has a number of important issues to discuss as has always been the case in recent times, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine –in fact, there will be a videoconference with Dmytro Kuleba who will update us on the latest developments- but also the issue of the EU-Israel Association Council which has not been held since 2012 and for which a solution must be found. There’s also the meeting of EU Ministers with the League of Arab States’ Foreign Ministers in Cairo, which is highly supported by the Greek side, as well as the issues of the Western Balkans, particularly the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, about which, as you are aware, we have repeatedly expressed our concern.

I think, a quite heavy atmosphere for summer.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic

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