Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is in New York for a series of meetings and contacts to promote Greece’s new image as a country with confidence in the heart of Europe.
According to government sources, Kyriakos Mitsotakis is visiting New York with a triple goal:
– First, to discuss all foreign policy issues, either regionally (Turkey, Cyprus, Western Balkans, refugee/migration), or global (US relations, trade relations with major economies such as Australia and India).
– Secondly, to present his reform plan and the new environment created to attract foreign investment, through meetings with global economic representatives.
– Third, to take part in discussions on major issues, such as the climate change.
At the same time, he will hold meetings with the Greek community and discuss, among other things, the proposal for the vote of the Greeks living abroad.
The prime minister’s programme will start on Monday with a speech at the UN climate summit. He will address the 74th United Nations General Assembly on Friday, the last day of his stay. A day earlier, on September 26, Mitsotakis will meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Mitsotakis’ agenda for the next five days in the US includes meetings with leaders of major countries, with leaders of EU countries and the Balkans and top economic officials.
“After the double adventure of the economic crisis and populism, Greece is no longer restricted to an observer role and does not seek special facilities in return for concessions,” government sources said.
On Tuesday, September 24, Mitsotakis will meet with US President Donald Trump. It is noted that the US President holds only a few bilateral meetings during his presence at the UN General Assembly, which has 193 members.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ first meeting as prime minister with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday is also of great importance. Mitsotakis has recently said that if Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wants a resumption of Greek-Turkish relations, he should show it in practice.
The Greek prime minister will also meet with Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama and the President of Kosovo Hashim Thaci on Monday while on Tuesday he will meet with North Macedonia Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in order to discuss the issue of Western Balkans.
On September 23, he will meet with the President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and on September 24 with the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
On September 26, he will meet with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.