Greek foreign policy meeting puts a spotlight on African countries

The Greek Foreign Ministry discussed expanding its strategy in Africa during a meeting on Monday, that included collaboration of Diplomacy Academies for training new diplomats.

The meeting included Foreign Minister Giorgos Katrougalos, Deputy Minister Terens Quick and Alternate Foreign Minister Sia Anagnostopoulou.

Officials underlined that relations with African countries remain underdeveloped, and observed there is a big margin for mutually beneficial cooperation which could be aided by the long-standing Greek communities in African countries.

They said that a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) will soon be signed between the Greek and Kenyan Foreign Affairs Ministries for the collaboration of Greek and African Diplomacy Academies.

Katrougalos and Quick both noted an interest by African nations for further collaboration with Greece, which led to discussion on reinforcing Greek diplomatic missions in Africa and increasing business and entrepreneurial visits to countries of the continent.

Emphasis was also given to nurturing relations between Greek and African people, highlighting that Greece offers scholarships to African students to attend universities and military schools in Greece.

Finally, it was mentioned that in the period between 2014 to 2020, Greece is providing some 460 million euros of aid towards development projects in African, Caribbean and the Pacific Group of States (ACP).