PM Alexis Tsipras meets with vice president of Croatian government Stier (upd)

Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Davor Ivo Stier.

They discussed developments in the Western Balkans and the European prospects of the countries in the region, as well as bilateral relations with Greece with emphasis on transport, infrastructure and energy.

Tsipras received the Croatian official at the Maximos mansion at 10:30 for a meeting lasting 45 minutes.

Stier then had a meeting with Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.

The Croatian deputy premier had earlier paid a visit to Aghia Varvara Church in Athens where the relics of St. Helena and a piece of Holy Cross are currently on display, having arrived in Greece on loan from the Vatican on May 14.

This is the first time that the holy relics of St. Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine the Great, have left their permanent residence in St Marcus Basilica or Italy since the Crusades.

In a statement, Stier stressed the need to preserve and highlight Europe’s spiritual identity. “Only if we know who we are, our common roots, our identity and how deeply rooted we are in Christianity, can we be open to others. But first we must accept our selves and our identity,” he said.