United Nations.- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras arrived on Saturday in New York to participate in the 70th meeting of the UN’s General Assembly, where he will address the assembly on October 1, it was announced on Friday. On Sunday he addressed the high level summit meeting for “Post-2015 Development Agenda”, while in the afternoon he spoke at the Clinton Foundation.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Tsipras will meet with counterparts from Cyprus, Egypt, Brazil, Equator, Palestine and Turkey. He will also meet with the US Secretary of State John Kerry and the UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. On Monday he will attend the reception of President Barack Obama.
Tsipras will also participate in and a separate meeting on migration, titled “Strengthening cooperation on migration and refugee movements under the new development” on September 30.
He is also scheduled to meet His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, New York mayor Bill de Blasio and representatives of Diaspora organisations and will participate in a panel organized by the Clinton Global Initiative, the former US President Bill Clinton.
Government sources stressed that the purpose of the Prime Minister’s visit to the UN is to promote Greece’s International relations and the relief efforts and not to have a meeting with President Obama.
Minister of State Nikos Pappas, Minister of Economy George Stathakis, Minister of Culture Aristides Baltas as well as the Government Spokesperson Olga Gerovasili are accompanying the Prime Minister.
Alexis Tsipras will return to Greece on October 2.
Foreign Minister Kotzias
Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has scheduled a series of bilateral meetings in New York on Sunday, on the sidelines of his participation in the Ministerial Week of the 70th UN General Assembly. They include his counterparts from Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili; Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov; Iraq, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Jaafari; and San Marino, Pasquale Valentini.
He attended the Global Leaders Meeting on Gender Equality and Woman Empowerment: A Commitment to Action, which is being chaired by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Finally, Kotzias was expected to attend the closing plenary meeting of the Summit on the post-2015 Development Agenda, as well as the 10th annual Ministerial Dinner on the Middle East, which is being hosted by the International Peace Institute.
During his stay in New York Kotzias is expected to meet his counterparts from the U.S., Russia, the Republic of Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt, Kosovo, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Australia and Norway. He will also meet with the UN Secretary General’s Special Adviser on Cyprus, Espen Barth Eide, and with the Secretary General of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani.
On the margins of the General Assembly, a trilateral ministerial meeting between Greece, Cyprus and Egypt will be held to look at recent developments in the wider Eastern Mediterranean region and ways to strengthen trilateral cooperation on every level.
Finally, during his stay in New York, Kotzias will meet His Archbishop Demetrios of America, representatives of Greek American organisations and Jewish organisations.
Economy, Development and Tourism Minister George Stathakis has accompanied Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to New York for the 70th UN General Assembly and will attend a series of meetings while the United States, the economy ministry announced on Sunday.
Stathakis will sit in on the prime minister’s successive meetings with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Ecuador President Rafael Correa, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, Cyprus Republic President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. The minister will also attend Tsipras’ meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
While in New York, the minister will address the third annual dinner of the ‘Hellenic Initiative’.