Hellenic Engagements: Resetting Libya-Greece Relations

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Hellenic Engagements: Resetting Libya-Greece Relations

Hellenic Engagements: Resetting Libya-Greece Relations

Kalimera, your excellencies, ladies and gentleman. It is a pleasure and honor to be in Greece after so many years. The last time I was in Greece was in 1976 as a child, when I spent a beautiful summer here during that year. It is wonderful to be back and to experience Greek warmth and hospitality once again.

I am very grateful to Professor John Nomikos and the team at the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) for organizing this roundtable today on Libya. I am also very grateful to my dear friend Ambassador Dionyssios Zois who was my colleague in Abu Dhabi, where he was representing Greece as Ambassador for many years and I was representing Libya, and where we established a deep friendship. I would like to publicly acknowledge the great role Ambassador Zois has played in the re-establishment of contact and relations between the Greek authorities and the legitimate and elected Parliament of Libya, the eastern-based government of Abdullah Al-Thini, which was chosen by the Parliament and the army of the Parliament of Libya headed by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar.