Greece backs India for UNSC irreversible membership

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By IANS|Upgraded: 28th November 2017

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Greek equivalent Nikos Kotzias (Photo|Twitter/Raveesh Kumar).

NEW DELHI: Greece on Monday stated it supported India in its quote for permanent subscription in the UN Security Council though not the others in the G4 group.

” We totally support India for the UN Council, but not other proposed nations,” Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias stated while responding to a question after providing a special address on “Greece as a pillar of stability in southeastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean”, arranged by the Observer Research Foundation believe tank and the Greek Embassy in India.

The G4 nations looking for UNSC permanent membership also make up Japan, Germany and Brazil.

Kotzias noted that the old powers are decreasing while a brand-new balance of power is emerging with nations like India and China.

” It is a change time and a hard time” with forces of fundamentalism and terrorism aiming to destabilise the world, he stated.

He said for nations like India, it remains in fact a returning into top economies of the world, as it utilized to share a dominant part of the GDP before colonisation, accounting for nearly one-third of the world’s GDP.

The Minister said Greece and India might play particular functions for stabilisation in West Asia as well as the eastern Mediterranean area.

Kotzias stated Greece was dealing with the policy of five lines of stabilisation in the region, with special focus on Egypt, Israel and Jordan to achieve it.

Previously in the day, India and Greece signed two arrangements on air services and sustainable and new energy folloiwng bilateral talk between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Kotzias.

” The two Ministers held discussions on various aspects of bilateral ties in addition to essential local and multilateral concerns of shared interest,” the External Affairs Ministry said in a declaration.

” The discussions in between the two Ministers focused on structure more detailed cooperation in the areas of trade and financial investment, trade fairs, farming, maritime culture, sector and tourist,” it stated.

” During the see, the two Ministers signed the air services contract and a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of new and eco-friendly energy.”.

Ties between Indians and Greece in the spheres of culture, trade and art go back to historic times.

India and Greece delight in close bilateral relations and yearly bilateral trade stands at of $0.50 billion.

Indian companies have developed their presence in facilities, pharmaceuticals and steel sectors in Greece while Greek companies exist in the fields of IT and building in India.

” The sectors such as tourist, shipping and farming also provide scope for cooperation,” the External Affairs Ministry statement said.