Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne to visit Greece on December 8

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Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women, Marise Payne, will visit Greece on December 8 this year, according to The Greek Herald‘s sources.

News of the visit was initially announced by Greece’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Andreas Katsaniotis, when speaking with one of Australia’s Greek radio programs.

READ MORE: Greece’s Deputy Foreign Minister: ‘Australian diaspora is a pillar of preservation of Greek traditions’.

Greece’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Andreas Katsaniotis.

The visit aims to promote a new concept of Greek foreign policy, which has seen Greece attempting to build alliances with countries such as the United States, France, the Arab countries and now Australia, as a shield against Turkish provocations.

Earlier this year, Minister Payne held her first telephone conversation with Greece’s Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias.

The talks held in October between the two top officials focused on their shared commitment to the International Law of the Sea, to the protection of the environment and to regional developments.

The two ministers also reaffirmed the two countries’ historic ties on the basis of common values and the Greek Australian diaspora as a bridge between Greece and Australia.

READ MORE: Foreign Ministers of Greece and Australia reaffirm historic ties during phone call.

According to The Greek Herald‘s sources, during Minister Payne’s physical visit to Athens she will focus on a number of other issues concerning Greece and Australia, including a double taxation agreement between both countries which is expected to be finalised by 2022.

READ MORE: Bilateral tax treaty between Greece and Australia to be negotiated next year.

The Greek Herald has also confirmed that the Deputy Foreign Minister, Andreas Katsaniotis, will most likely visit Australia in February.

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