Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias is in Prague today, Tuesday, August 30, in order to participate in the informal meeting of the foreign ministers of the member states of the European Union (Gymnich), while he also has a series of bilateral meetings with Czech officials.
At the beginning of his visit to Prague, Mr. Dendias had a meeting with the president and vice-president of the Czech Senate Miloš Vystrčil and Jitka Seitlová, as well as with the presidents of the foreign relations and defense committee and of the European Affairs Committee of the Senate, Pavel Fischer and David Smoljak.
They had a constructive discussion on energy issues, regional and global developments, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, cooperation within the European Union, the Balkans, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean, according to a related post by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Twitter.
Mr. Dendias is expected to be received by the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman.
Regarding the informal meeting of the Foreign Ministers, the main topics to be discussed are Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (Tuesday, 30.08.2022) and EU relations with the states of the African continent (Wednesday, 31.08.2022), according to a relevant announcement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As part of the work, a working lunch will take place tomorrow Wednesday with the participation of the foreign ministers of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, where the European perspective of these states and the future of the Eastern Partnership will be discussed.
On the sidelines of Gymnich, the foreign minister is expected to have a bilateral meeting with his Estonian counterpart Urmas Reinsalu.
It is noted that the Czech Republic has assumed the presidency of the Council of the EU from July 1, 2022.