Sunak left sharp points for Kyriakos Mitsotakis, claiming that it was “clear that the purpose of the meeting (of the two leaders) would not be the important issues, but to rekindle issues of the past.”
Unrepentant of his decision to cancel the meeting with Kyriakos Mitsotakis because of his statements about reunion of the Parthenon Sculptures appeared in the British Parliament o Rishi Sunak, despite the foreign minister’s gesture of re-approach David Cameron on the sidelines of the NATO Summit in Brussels.
The British Prime Minister left sharp points for Kyriakos Mitsotakis, claiming that it was “clear that the purpose of the meeting (of the two leaders) would not be the important issues, but to rekindle issues of the past”.
“Certainly the (British) government is always ready to discuss important issues of substance with allied countries, such as tackling illegal immigration, and strengthening our security, but when it was clear that the purpose of a meeting was not to discuss substantively issues of the future, but on the contrary, (s.s. Mitsotakis) to attract attention and to rekindle issues of the past, volwhen it was not proper for the meeting to take place” the British prime minister claimed according to the SKAI correspondent in London Thanasis Gavo.
“Certain assurances were breached… When people make commitments they must keep them” he even stated, essentially sticking to the Downing Street narrative that the Greek side had agreed not to raise the issue of reuniting the Glyptos.
“Sunak’s cancellation of the meeting gave more publicity to our just demand”
Unfortunate event characterized earlier by Kyriakos Mitsotakis his decision Rishi Sunak to cancel their meeting by informing the President of the Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou for government reform initiatives. Mr. Mitsotakis emphasized, however, that the British Prime Minister’s decision gave greater publicity to Greece’s just demand for the return of the Sculptors.
“The request for the Sculptures arises from law, history and universal cultural values”
The request for the reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures is a request that arises from law, from history and from universal cultural values, emphasized the Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Gerapetritis, asked about his meeting with his British counterpart, David Cameronupon his arrival for the second day of the NATO Foreign Ministers’ Summit in Brussels.
At the same time, he underlined that “regardless of this, it is our belief that the bilateral relations between Greece and the United Kingdom they should be good and we will work with my counterpart in this direction». In relation to the meeting with his American counterpart, Anthony Blinken, Mr. Gerapetritis pointed out that “we had the opportunity to confirm the excellent relations between the United States and Greeceto work out the issues that are currently at the forefront of the regional and international debate, to organize our next steps which include my visit to Washington and of course to evaluate the position of Greece, the creative position of Greece in issue of the Middle East where as a reliable player, Greece can perform an important mediating role”. Also, the foreign minister noted that he considers it extremely important for the Alliance to emphasize the South as well.
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