Washington (ANA-MPA/T. Ellis)
Development Minister Christos Folias attended an event held here, on the occasion of the March 25 national anniversary, referring to unresolved national issues and social challenges.
“We have before us unresolved national issues, social challenges and a complex and competitive international environment. The reunification of Cyprus in a fair and workable way, as well as a solution to the problem of the name of Skopje are crucial issues that require national understanding, consensus and a positive contribution,” he said.
The main speaker at the event, organised by the cultural society “Promitheas” and other Greek American organisations in the region of Washington, was ambassador Alexandros Mallias who focused on national issues, while underlining the contribution of the Greek American community.
“Overseas Hellenism is our great national comparative advantage. It has proved that it can play an important role at all levels. The overseas Greek, who maintains his great love for the motherland intact and who struggles to preserve his Greek identity, is always present in the struggle for the defense of our national issues,” Folias further said.
Before leaving for Athens, the development minister is also expected to attend a reception on the national anniversary that will be organised by the Greek embassy for American officials, diplomats and the mass media.
Greek Development Minister Christos Folias was able to outline Greece’s energy policy in meetings with U.S. officials held in Washington this week, during which he emphasised Greece’s potential role as an important energy hub for southeastern Europe.
During his visit to Washington on Monday, Folias had a meeting Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Daniel Fried, as well as a meeting and a working dinner with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Bryza.
In those meetings, he presented Greece’s policy of ensuring the greatest possible diversity of fixed energy supply, explaining that Greece actively supported multiple sources and routes for transporting energy and was already obtaining natural gas from both Algeria and Russia.
He also pointed to the country’s participation in the construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline and the Turkey-Greece-Italy (TGI) pipeline, which will transport natural gas from the Caspian Sea to the west, as well as ongoing discussions with Azerbaijan regarding the Southstream pipeline that will transport natural gas from Russia.