DIPLOMACY

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NEWS

A draft bill on the restructuring of the Foreign Affairs ministry was approved in Parliament’s plenary on Friday, following legislative amendments by Minister Nikos Dendias and a 12-hour discussion.


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CYPRUS TALKS

The president of ethnically divided Cyprus said on Thursday he’ll attend a United Nations-hosted meeting in April with the leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots with “full political will” to get dormant peace talks up and running again.


US President Joe Biden announces changes to the main US coronavirus disease aid program for small businesses during brief remarks in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, US, February 22, 2021. [Jonathan Ernst/Reuters]
DIPLOMACY

For Europe, Joe Biden’s presidency brings high hopes for reinvigorating the transatlantic partnership. For the United States, succeeding in this task is a prerequisite for achieving an ambitious broader agenda.


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TURKEY & GREECE

As next month’s EU Summit approaches and the discussion on possible sanctions against Turkey intensifies, it would be useful if Greece were to focus not only on Ankara’s policies in the Eastern Mediterranean, the Aegean and Cyprus.

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TURKEY

Athens Thursday lodged a carefully worded demarche with Turkey over its plans for hydrographic surveys between the Greek islands of Limnos, Skyros and Alonnisos until March 2.



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AEGEAN TENSION

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesman Omer Celik on Thursday slammed Greece over his country’s perceived exclusion from the regional Philia (Friendship) Forum that convened in Athens last week, while accusing Greece of harboring “maximalist” aspirations.

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DIPLOMACY

Greece’s Foreign Ministry on Thursday lodged a demarche with Turkey’s Foreign Ministry through its embassy in Ankara in protest at the announced plans for an upcoming Turkish hydrographic survey between the Greek islands of Limnos, Skyros and Alonnisos from Thursday to March 2.


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DIPLOMACY

US President Joe Biden will seek to further deepen US-Greek relations, the country’s Ambassador to Greece said on Wednesday while stressing the importance of energy diversification in Southeastern Europe and the prospects for US investments in renewable energy in Greece.