Charles, Prince of Wales, met with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at Maximos Mansion on Wednesday afternoon, after his meeting with the President of the Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
Prince Charles said he was grateful for the reception and stressed that he does not remember much from his last visit to Athens because it was many years ago.
“It is a great pleasure to welcome you to Greece,” Tsipras said. “I know that you have visited Greece repeatedly in the past, but privately. That means you love our country. It is the first time that you visit Greece officially and as they have recently informed me, it is the first time a member of the British royal family makes an official visit to Greece.”
“I consider this to be a great deal, a very important event,” Tsipras continued, “and I also believe that your visit can be a milestone in our bilateral relations. Especially at this time, as both our countries face very important challenges in their history. And that is why I think we need to further strengthen our cooperation.”
On his part, the Prince of Wales said: “I am deeply grateful, prime minister, for your welcome… I, as well as my wife, have visited the country and today we consider it a very important opportunity to make an official visit to your country. This visit underlines the ties between the two countries. Ties that are long-lasting and I hope that in the future we will be able to continue what we already share and that we will be able to achieve a great deal in terms of security and the issue of immigration and all the enormous challenges we face. I am grateful to the Greek Government for the support it has shown and for the cooperation it has secured in all these areas. And I think we will continue this great friendship in the future. I’m sure about that”.
Tsipras said that for all the above reasons he has been asked to visit London by British Prime Minister Theresa May.
“Will you come?” Prince Charles asked.
“Yes, of course,” Tsipras replied.