Greek foreign minister to visit Abu Dhabi and Beijing

After his visit to Berlin on Sunday, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is due to meet United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Kotzias will then fly to Beijing, where he is expected to meet his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

In Berlin, Kotzias met German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier for their second head-to-head talks since the change of government in Athens.

Members of the delegation described the meeting as “pleasant and fruitful.”

“We must not allow the undoubtedly significant and difficult questions we have to resolve together in Europe to eat away at the strong foundation of German-Greek relations,” said Steinmeier.

The German foreign minister, however, disagreed with Kotzias’s proposal that a bilateral committee of “wise men” should be set up to examine the issue of Greece’s Second World War reparations from Germany.

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