Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his full support for the people of Venezuela on Friday during a meeting in Davos, Switzerland with Juan Guaido, the opposition leader and President of the country’s National Assembly.
Guaido has been officially recognized as Venezuela’s true interim president by the leaders of approximately fifty countries.
“Supporting you was the first decision we made in our foreign policy sector,” Prime Minister Mitsotakis told the Venezuelan leader.
— Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) January 24, 2020
“We are watching the tragedy unfold and I think the only way out is for Venezuela to be able to democratically express its will. That is why we have clearly expressed our opposition to what is happening with the current regime, that is to say, we have joined the other countries and expressed our support to the people of Venezuela,” the Greek Premier said.
”It is a real tragedy what is happening. The people of Venezuela can rely on our support. Greece is the country where democracy was born, and we believe that the fundamental principle of people being able to decide their future lies at the core of the values we will always support,” Mitsotakis stressed.
“We must… stop this crisis. We have 5,000 refugees right now. We need to stop this tragedy, our people are suffering,” Guaido replied to the Greek premier.
Later, Mitsotakis also held a meeting with the President of Iraqi Kurdistan, Nechirvan Barzani. The two sides confirmed their mutual desire for deeper economic cooperation during the talks, while Barzani also briefed Mitsotakis on current developments in Iraq and discussed the situation in the greater region.
Earlier, Prime Minister Mitsotakis also took a meeting with Tadashi Maeda, the head of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).
The meeting with Maeda was a follow-up to a visit by a JBIC mission to Athens in September. The Davos meeting comes just before next week’s visit to Tokyo by a Greek delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Openness Kostas Francogiannis.
Mitsotakis’ meeting with Maeda was focused on a range of possible areas of cooperation, including waste management, new technologies and renewable energy sources, while both men agreed that they would like to work together to build up political and economic relations between Greece and Japan.
With information from AMNA