Today’s summit is held at a critical time for the Greek economy because it is a time of recovery as well as a critical time for stability in the wider region and these factors can contribute to several sectors, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Thursday opening the proceedings of the EU-Arab World Summit: Partners for Growth and Development.
The Prime Minister stressed the importance of the summit taking place in Greece, a country that is emerging from a six-year crisis, steadily upgrading its role as a pillar of peace, stability and security in the region.
Tsipras focused on three main topics highlighted in the summit for the future of EU-Arab and Greek-Albanian cooperation.
First off, he commented on how the relationships are based on close cooperation with the private sector and civil society.
Secondly, Tsipras pointed out that the conference is taking place at a critical time for Europe and the Arab world as well as playing a role in defining the relationships between them saying that this is a “period which requires brave steps…For peace and stability in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen. And of course, regarding the Palestinian issue, for the resumption of credible negotiations aimed at a fair solution based on two states coexisting safely — With the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.”
Thirdly, Tsipras pointed out that today’s conference takes place in Greece, “a country with strong historical, cultural, economic and diplomatic ties with the Arab world (and) has been the port and bridge between Europe and the Middle East.”