Venizelos, Tsipras see eye to eye on foreign policy issues

Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos and SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras held a rare meeting on Monday to discuss “only national issues,” with both men agreeing that Greece’s foreign policy should not be affected by domestic political differences.

“We had a very interesting and substantive discussion with Mr Tsipras in the spirit of national consensus,” said Venizelos, who said that no domestic issues were raised during the meeting at the Foreign Ministry.

“I feel that on issues of foreign policy there needs to be a national strategic plan,” said Tsipras. “We also need calmness and clarity of thought.”

The SYRIZA leader did, though, express scepticism about the decision to hold the next meeting of the Greek-Turkish High-Level Cooperation Council in Athens on December 5 and 6 at a time that a Turkish research vessel is in the Cypriot exclusive economic zone.