Greece and India agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation in a range of key areas including trade, investment and energy, and inked a pact for launching the first direct flight service between the two countries.
Greek Foreign minister Nikos Kotzias and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj, held extensive talks in Delhi covering the entire expanse of bilateral relations, during which they resolved to take steps to further expand the ties.
An air services agreement and another pact on cooperation in the field of new and renewable energy were signed after the talks, which covered all aspects of bilateral relationship.
The air services agreement will allow Indian airlines to operate to Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion. Similarly, the Greek airlines will also be able to launch flight services to major Indian cities.
At present there is no direct air connectivity between India and the southeastern European nation.
Greece’s exports to India include cotton; marble and granite; aluminum foils, and calcium carbonate. The main Indian exports are petroleum products; automobile components; electrical transformers; frozen shrimps, and cashew nuts.
Kotzias; who is on a four-day visit to India which will conclude tomorrow, added that Greece fully supports India for the membership of the United Nations Security Council as a new balance of power is emerging in the world.