Tsipras to call on Parliament to discuss setting up an inter-party National Security Council

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will ask Parliament to discuss the prospect of creating a National Security Council, as Potami leader Stavros Theodorakis proposed during a meeting the two men had on Monday at the Maximos Mansion.

According to government sources, Tsipras will ask the Parliament’s president to introduce the issue for discussion by the relevant permanent committee of foreign affairs and defence. The initiative came from Theodorakis, who requested the meeting.

Tsipras, sources said, is also interested in upgrading the foreign ministry’s National Council of Foreign Policy into one of Foreign Policy and Security. (The Council advises the premier on policy and briefs political parties on foreign policy issues.) The premier told Theodorakis that the foreign ministry is considering plans to set up a National Security Council itself and invited the party leader to contribute his suggestions. Tsipras said he will request the same of other party leaders as well.

Theodorakis’ proposal relates to setting up an inter-party council. The prime minister said that it’s extremely important to create institutions that will contribute to creating a climate of collaboration between parties on foreign affairs issues, and the Potami leader’s proposal could serve as a foundation for such discussion.

In a press release following the meeting, Theodorakis said that political differences with the government did not indicate Potami was joining the ruling coalition, nor did it rule out collaboration of Greek parties on issues of national importance. “We have a different opinion on how to rule the country and clash with the SYRIZA-ANEL coalition almost daily,” Theodorakis said, but “we feel it is our patriotic obligation to discriminate between things. Domestic issues are one thing, great patriotic issues another.”