The pandemic, the protection of European and national borders, the refugee but also the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the provocative attitude of Turkey were at the center of the meeting of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte.
He is one of the longest living leaders in Europe. “His experience and clear vision are helping the discussions on both the bilateral and the Community agenda,” he said, referring to Mark Rutte at a joint news conference after the two leaders met.
We were concerned about the pandemic, the outbreak is besieging the whole of Europe. We have about the same cases per capita. The same measures apply everywhere. The fourfold choice is not to close the economies again, to do many tests and to keep our distance, to strengthen the health systems and the general vaccination and the third installment is the solution, said the prime minister.
Protecting European and national borders and rescuing persecuted people on the other. The common opponent is the miserable traffickers, said the Prime Minister, emphasizing that what happened in Evros a year and a half ago, is unfortunately repeated today in Belarus. And Europe now realizes that this instrumentalization of refugees by authoritarian regimes can affect it.
We also discussed the new EU asylum pact. It must distribute the burden of the flows fairly and be decisive towards third countries.
We discussed developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the constant slippage of Turkey, often in aggressive rhetoric. For Greece, it is a matter of principle to pursue an honest dialogue with each of its neighbors.
A matter of principle for Greece is the defense of our sovereign rights. We remain calm in the challenges, armed with the force of international law and our decisive defense readiness.
The dual approach in the European Council is right. In the end, our neighbors should choose for themselves if they can and want to walk the path of Europe, the Prime Minister underlined.
Route: The borders of Greece are the European borders and must be protected
The Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte in the joint press conference with the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his satisfaction for his presence in our country, stressed that he is very happy for the development of the Greek economy, and said he was very impressed.
At the same time, he said that they discussed with his Greek counterpart the economic cooperation of the two countries and investments as well as tourism.
He also said that the issue of Libya was discussed in accordance with what Kyriakos Mitsotakis said before, while he said that the issue will be discussed in more detail at the dinner that will follow, and stressed that Greece is the border of the European Union and its borders are European borders and must be protected. He also said that Europe should host a number of refugees but those who cannot stay must return.
He also said that next December the Dutch royal family will visit Greece.
Source From: Capital