Greek PM asks India to build global ties amid wars in Ukraine and Middle East

21 February 2024, 14:54

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, left, talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi as he arrives for a delegation level meeting in New Delhi (Manish Swarup/AP)
India Greece. Picture: PA

Kyriakos Mitsotakis said he viewed India, which has close ties with Russia, as ‘one of the main pillars of stability in the Indo-Pacific region’.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has asked India to play a leading role in building international partnerships to meet the unprecedented challenges brought by the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East as well as changes in climate and energy security.

“We view India as one of the main pillars of stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region,” Mr Mitsotakis said after his talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

India, he said, should be a cornerstone of Europe’s foreign policy.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, gestures to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis after inspecting a joint military guard of honour during a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential palace in New Delhi (Manish Swarup/AP)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, gestures to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential palace in New Delhi (Manish Swarup/AP)

“This is certainly true for my country,” he added.

Mr Mitsotakis also said the war in Gaza had caused “a horrifying death toll of civilians” without a clear path to “at the moment at least to a sustainable de-escalation”.

He also said that the war in Ukraine was more than a local European affair and a brutal challenge to international stability.

“None of us can afford to sit on the sidelines,” he said.

“I am convinced that India has an important role to play. It has a voice that should be heard.”

India, which has close ties with Russia, has avoided condemning Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, talks with India's foreign minister S Jaishankar as they arrive for the ceremonial reception of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (Manish Swarup/AP)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, talks with India’s foreign minister S Jaishankar as they arrive for the ceremonial reception of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (Manish Swarup/AP)

Mr Modi told reporters after he met with Mr Mitsotakis that India and Greece agreed to boost ties in the defence, pharmaceutical, space and shipping sectors as they seek to double their bilateral trade by 2030 from nearly two billion dollars (£1.5bn) in 2022-23.

Mr Modi also said the two countries set up a working group to cooperate in the fields of cybersecurity, counterterrorism and maritime security.

He added that new opportunities are arising in India in defence manufacturing and that the two countries agreed to cooperate in this key sector, but did not give details.

Mr Mistotakis, who arrived in India on Tuesday, will also visit Mumbai, India’s financial and entertainment hub, on Thursday.

He is accompanied by a large business delegation.

India mainly exports aluminium, organic chemicals, and iron and steel to Greece, whose exports to India include minerals, mineral oils, sulphur, aluminium foil, electrical machinery and equipment and building stones.

By Press Association

Latest World News

See more Latest World News

The Israeli Iron Dome air defence system launches to intercept missiles fired from Iran

Israel hails ‘success’ in blocking Iran’s unprecedented attack

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that the Middle East is 'on the brink'

'The Middle East is on the brink,' UN chief warns, as Israel approves plan of attack after huge Iranian onslaught

Elections 2024 Media Debates

News organisations urge Joe Biden and Donald Trump to agree to debates

Damien Guerot stepped in in Sydney

Builder who wielded bollard to defend children from rampaging Sydney knifeman says attacker's 'eyes were empty'

The IDF said over 300 weapons were fired by Iran.

Israel approves plan of attack after foiling massive Iran onslaught, as world leaders call for 'stabilisation'

Russia Ukraine War

More civilians die in Ukraine amid warning US aid delays will hamper Kyiv forces

Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy and Paloma Faith join celebrities demanding Government act over Sudan

Dawn Singleton was among six victims of the stabbings

Police officer fiancé of Sydney stabbing victim 'discovered she had been killed after being scrambled to the scene'

The IDF said over 300 weapons were fired by Iran.

Israel says Iran conflict 'not over' and vows to 'collect a price when timing is right', as US urges restraint

Poland Abortion

Polish opponents of abortion march against recent steps to liberalise strict law

Five of the six victims from the stabbing have been named.

Victims of Sydney stabbings named as heartbroken tributes flood in following attack by knifeman who killed six

A demonstrator waves Iranian and Palestinian flags during an anti-Israeli gathering at the Felestin (Palestine) Square in Tehran, Iran

What is the fallout from Iran’s attack on Israel?

Joe Biden has reaffirmed the US's commitment to defending Israel's security.

Biden reaffirms ‘ironclad support' of Israel as he plans G7 meeting to coordinate ‘diplomatic response to Iran attack’

The IDF said over 300 weapons were fired by Iran.

‘Together we will win’: Netanyahu vows to fight off attacks from Iran after over 300 drones and missiles fired at Israel

Israeli's military have fought off a massive Iranian drone and missile attack - downing more than 200 weapons launched by the hostile state with the help of ace RAF pilots.

Israel fights off massive Iran attack - downing over 200 missiles and drones with help of RAF

Plans have been drawn up for an evacuation of Brits from the Middle East. Defence Secretary Grant Shapps (l) and protesters outside the British Embassy in Tehran (r)

Brits living in the Middle East could be rescued by the Royal Marines in 'Dunkirk-style' evacuation