Greece’s diplomacy had gained ground and could now play a leading role in the southeastern Mediterranean as a result of the courageous way that the Greek people had handled the refugee crisis, Alternate Foreign Minister Nikos Xydakis said in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency on Saturday.
“Its voice is heard, a voice of peace and democracy in an unstable region, it is taking the lead diplomatically in the Southeast Mediterranean with bilateral and trilateral strategic relationships and leading progressive actions in Europe,” he said.
The minister also referred to Greece’s debt, noting that a sustainable debt would be a good message to markets and investors, helping to boost growth and create jobs. “The same is true of unrealistic targets for primary surpluses,” he added, noting that this was no longer denied by anyone – either in Brussels, or Washington, or Frankfurt or Paris – except Berlin.
Asked about the climate within Greece, Xydakis said that the government must reply to “the disappointment and criticism of the citizens with tangible results that improve their daily lives.” The injured self-respect and self-confidence of the Greek people, he added, would only be healed through a “battle with the self-evident…with actions, to form the great democratic faction that the country needs.”
The full interview in Greek is available on the ANA site for subscribers.