Athens, 9 December 2021 (TDI): The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Marise Payne held a formal meeting with her counterpart in Greece, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias. The two Ministers discussed the productive bilateral relations between Australia and Greece. Marise Payne is in Greece for an official visit.

In a tweet, Minister Marise declared that the two partner countries have shared values & interests between Australia and Greece. Moreover, she also stressed mutuality in democracy, human rights rules-based order.

The two counterparts also discussed ways of further expanding cooperation through building various opportunities such as the Australia-EU FTA.

Australia-European Union Free Trade Agreement or the Australia-EU FTA is a mechanism that will provide opportunities to the exporters on both the countries as well as assist in post-pandemic economic recovery.

Earlier, the Australian Foreign Minister laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier who fought in the Greek War of Independence. Greece marked the 200th anniversary of the War of Independence, this year.

Meeting with Greek President

Earlier the Australian Foreign Minister paid a courtesy visit to meet the President of the Hellenic Republic (Greece), Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

They had held discussions related to their commitments to human rights and gender equality. The meeting also allowed them to discuss the economic relationship between the two countries.

Later Marise Payne also held a meeting with the minister of Greece responsible for gender equality. She stressed the significance and need for eliminating violence against women. The two also affirmed their commitment to end inequality and gender-based violence and raise standards on Social Media.