UK and Greece sign deal to bolster defence and trade ties

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Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, and British Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Strategic Bilateral Framework between Greece and the UK in London on Monday.

The new framework is expected to boost trade, security and digital co-operation between the two NATO member states, as well as enable bilateral deals to be done on education, tourism and maritime affairs.

“The framework we’ve signed with Greece will open up new opportunities for trade and investment in both countries, enabling better co-operation between businesses, investors and industry, and builds on strong security and defence co-operation as we seek to challenge malign actors that threaten to disrupt our freedoms and way of life,” Ms Truss said at the signing ceremony.

Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, said the task now was to prove that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU was “an opportunity for closer, deeper, more honest bilateral relations.”

Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, and British Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss.

“Greece and the UK open a new chapter in their post-Brexit partnership, deepening their cooperation on a wide range of areas, including foreign policy and defense,” Dendias said, and spoke of a “warm and productive discussion on taking forward Greek-British security and trade cooperation.”

The two leaders also discussed developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, Cyprus, and the West Balkans.

Source: Ekathimerini.

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