Greece institutes Directorate of Defense Diplomacy

The establishment of a new diplomatic service, which will co-ordinate the work of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Defense, was decided by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos.

As Deputy Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias announced, this service will be the Directorate of Defense Diplomacy. The service will be housed in the foreign ministry, but will also be staffed by the national defense ministry.

Ministers Nikos Dendias and Nikos Panagiotopoulos made the decision for the Directorate of Defense Diplomacy in a meeting on Monday morning.

“It is a great pleasure and a great honor for me to be hosted today by the Minister, Mr. Nikos Panagiotopoulos, and his colleagues at the Ministry of National Defense,” Mr. Dendias said at the outset.

Dendias: We hold an olive branch, but we also have a sword
“We have come to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Defense so that we can have complete synchronization between the actions and the perceptions of these two Ministries. Compatible with the wider doctrine of our country, a Member State of the European Union, which wishes to always be at the core of Europe, but also a country that wishes to have excellent relations with all its neighbors, to be a factor of stability and security in Europe. area,” the Foreign Minister noted on a regular basis.

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias concluded, meaningfully: “But let us not forget that our country, which traditionally holds an olive branch, is a country that has a sword. So we are here today, at the sword’s seat, to honor this Ministry and take another step in our close cooperation.