We have nothing to share with Skopje in the cultural heritage of Alexander the Great, Mitsotakis says

The big bet is to maintain growth through a different fiscal policy mix based on attracting investments, main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday addressing the Center of Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

“Most of the fiscal consolidation has already taken place in Greece, but more emphasis must be placed on deep structural reforms that will make our economy really competitive and improve the efficiency of the public administration,” he underlined. For this reason, he stressed the importance of “an aggressive reform agenda that will focus on Greece’s significant potential to move forward.”

Regarding the continuing Turkish provocations in the Aegean and the Cypriot EEZ, Mitsotakis called on Ankara to respect international law and he also made a public call for the immediate return of the two Greek soldiers arrested in Evros and detained in Turkish prisons.

“I call on Turkey to release the two Greek soldiers as soon as possible. There is no reason why they should be locked in a high security prison. And this is a small event. It should not turn into a major diplomatic episode,” he noted.

However, he did not fail to exercise criticism of the Greek government, saying that it initially underestimated the gravity of the event.

On the relations with Skopje, he said: “We have nothing to share in the cultural heritage of Alexander the Great. And because I heard Mr Dimitrov’s statement that we need to share our cultural identity, there is nothing to share. Alexander the Great was a Greek. There is no doubt about it. And we are not going to enter into this debate or any negotiation on this issue. This is an essential part of our national identity. There are no compromises on this issue,” he underlined.