According to diplomatic sources, the meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Gerapetritis, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, took place today in New Delhi, in view of tomorrow’s visit of the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, to India.

The Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs underlined the historical ties of the two peoples and the two cultures and pointed out that there are great possibilities for cooperation between the two countries to jointly face challenges, including the effects of the Red Sea crisis on the security of international navigation. For Greece, which has the world’s leading merchant fleet, it is extremely important to secure the smooth conduct of global trade and restore supply chains.

Mr. Gerapetritis emphasized that there is a great need for diversification in the energy, economy, and trade sectors, and to explore alternative paths. In this context, the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) offers great potential to bring India and Greece together through the Middle East.

Greece, he added, has excellent infrastructure and ports, with vertical and horizontal electrical and energy interconnections, offers many investment possibilities and looks forward to deepening cooperation with India, the largest democracy in the world.

For his part, the Indian Foreign Minister emphasized the importance that India attaches to its Strategic Relationship with Greece, the need to address regional challenges and the search for corridors that will connect the major Indo-Pacific and European markets.

Mr. Jaishankar showed a particular interest to be informed about the plans for the transfer of “green” hydrogen and also explored with his Greek counterpart the possibility of a regional meeting of Mediterranean countries with India.

The two Ministers spoke about the importance of IMEC which is not just an energy and trade corridor, but a project that, by connecting India to Europe through Greece, can promote peace and stability throughout the Middle East.

At the meeting, issues of bilateral political and economic cooperation were reviewed, such as the possibility of mutual investments and the Migration and Mobility Pact between the two countries, which is being formed.