Economou: Prime minister’s visit to London confirms Greece’s upgraded international role

“Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ visit to London was completed on Wednesday. During the visit, he had a meeting with his British counterpart Boris Johnson, as well as meetings with investors and expatriates, while he gave a series of interviews to the British media,” government spokesperson Yiannis Economou said on Thursday during a press briefing.

“This visit eloquently verifies the overall upgrading of Greece and the leading role that our country has assumed internationally as a result of planning and strenuous effort,” he added.

During his meeting with the British Prime Minister, Mitsotakis presented Greece’s desire for closer cooperation in trade, tourism and the economy, Economou said.

He formally put to Johnson Greece’s request for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures, noting
that time had come for this demand to be met and to restore the monument in its entirety at the Acropolis Museum.

According to Economou, the prime minister “also referred to Turkey’s destabilising role in the Aegean and the Eastern Mediterranean, which leaves no room for optimism regarding dialogue, while emphasising that Greece is always ready to enter into a discussion on condition that there is respect for international law, including for the law of the sea.”

At the same time, Mitsotakis underlined the intransigence and aggression that Ankara continues to display, with new illegal provocative actions and threats in Varosha and the maritime zones of the Republic of Cyprus, Economou said.

The prime minister stressed that the cancellation of illegal Turkish tactics in Varosha was essentially a precondition for the success of efforts to resume negotiations.

In interviews with the British media, the prime minister stressed that the Parthenon Sculptures are in London because they were stolen by Lord Elgin and that Greece will not come to terms with the idea or with a proposal for their loan. He also stressed that the approach that the sculptures belong to the British Museum simply because they have been there for a long time “is outdated and obviously cannot accepted”.