External Affairs Minister of India, Dr. S. Jaishankar met PM Kiriakos Mitsotakis on his visit to Greece. During this meeting, both sides discussed many issues including terrorism which is being seen as a message to Turkey, China and Pakistan. Tensions have deepened in relations between Greece and Turkey, while Turkey enjoys good friendship with India’s rival China and arch-rival Pakistan.
‘Sovereignty to be obeyed and respected’
During the meeting, both sides recognized the observance of the law in accordance with international law and respect for sovereignty, rights and territorial integrity as the basis of international relations, which should be adhered to by all. Interestingly, during the exercise in Turkey embroiled in a dispute with Greece, Pakistan had exercised with Rafale aircraft, which was considered worrying for India.
discuss the Mediterranean
At the same time, both the countries also discussed the tension arising in the Eastern Mediterranean. Here Turkey lays claim to the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which Greece claims as its own according to UN law. Cyprus and Libya are also involved in this dispute as their EEZs are also embroiled in controversy. In this dispute too, Pakistan has supported Turkey.
threats posed by terrorism
The Foreign Minister, in discussions with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dandias, acknowledged the threats posed by terrorism, including radicalization, violent extremism and cross-border terrorism. He emphasized that no form of it can be justified. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, after the talks, the Foreign Minister of Greece signed the International Solar Alliance (ISA) agreement document and handed it over to the Indian side.
According to the statement, both sides expressed satisfaction at the common vision for a free, inclusive and cooperative Indo-Pacific. According to this, both sides believe that in doing so, connectivity and development for all in the region can be ensured.
Indo-Turkey came together
Earlier last month, the two countries had agreed to improve defense ties by meeting. For this, both the countries also agreed to further enhance the cooperation being done on military training. In this, apart from India-Greece, military exercises, military academic training and dealing with the dangers of hybrid war with other countries were also discussed.
‘The ceasefire continues on the LoC, the responsibility lies on Pakistan’
Foreign Minister arrives in Greece