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Mitsotakis concerns over Middle East crisis in meeting with President Sakellaropoulou

 

During a meeting with President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Thursday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis emphasized his severe worry about the most recent developments in the Middle East.

"Now that the elections are finished, our focus is once again on current events, both domestic and international. I don't have to tell you how concerned we are about the developments in the Middle East and, regrettably, about the current flare-up of hostilities, which, in the wake of Hamas' awful and deadly strike within Israel, has mostly targeted civilians on both sides. Unfortunately, there have been several fatalities in the Gaza Strip as well," Mitsotakis stated.

The prime minister said that he has always emphasized Israel's right to self-defense in all of his communications with foreign leaders, as well as the necessity of doing so while adhering to the letter and spirit of international law and with the utmost respect for the preservation of human life in the Gaza Strip.

"It is crucial to resume Egypt's humanitarian assistance to Gaza. When he attends a multilateral meeting on Saturday in Cairo, he will have the chance to convey Greece's views on this, he said, adding that the European nations are working in this direction and supporting this approach.

Greece, according to Mitsotakis, has worked hard to gain its reputation as a regional stabilizing force and a trusted source of information.

Turning to domestic issues, Mitsotakis said that the government continues to insist on its reform agenda and that the cabinet meeting on Wednesday took important steps, resolving outstanding issues from the past and dealing with new challenges, with emphasis on improving the functioning of the state.

The premier also referred to the creation of a new advisory committee on Artificial Intelligence chaired by Prof. Constantine Daskalakis, noting that AI opens up new horizons, as well as a series of potential threats that must be addressed.

President Sakellaropoulou, on her part, congratulated those elected to office in local government or who participated in the elections, urging them to now work with central government to ensure "the best possible planning for the future."

 Regarding world events, she stated that the recent outbreak of violence in the Middle East, which follows the significant issue in Ukraine, was "exceptionally worrying" and that there were no promising signs for a resolution. She expressed optimism that there will soon be peace and emphasized that the humanitarian perspective was crucial and that human life came first.

She also praised the government's attempt to form an AI advisory body.


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