Tzanakopoulos: The government is taking diplomatic iniatives for the return of the soldiers

Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis has personally assumed the responsibility for any wrongdoing unveiled in the Novartis case after he did not accept the resignation of his party’s vice president and former health minister Adonis Georgiadis, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Tuesday during a press briefing.

Tzanakopoulos also accused Mitsotakis of being “personally at the centre of the scandal and the attempts to cover it up.”

On the issue of the two Greek soldiers, he said: “The Greek government is taking diplomatic and political initiatives to settle the problem and ensure their return to our country as soon as possible.”

The government spokesman also said that Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will visit Skopje on Thursday to meet with the political leadership and other officials of Greece’s northern neighbour, to continue talks on finding a mutually acceptable solution to the name issue.

He added that a follow-up meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries and UN mediator Matthew Nimetz will be held in Vienna on March 30.

Tzanakopoulos stressed that all conditions are in place for Greece’s adjustment programme to be successfully completed in the summer of 2018 as all figures indicate that the Greek economy is on a path of strong economic recovery.