Greek foreign minister Dimitris Droutsas, in Vienna for the 2011 World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia, met Tuesday evening with Austrian vice chancellor and foreign minister Michael Spindelegger for talks covering matters of interest to both countries.
He also attended a formal dinner hosted on Tuesday night by Austrian president Heinz Fischer for the foreign leaders attending the Forum.
The Western Balkans and their European prospect, the situation in the Middle East and Northern Africa, and the economic situation in Greece were at the focus of Droutsas' talks with Spindelegger.
Droutsas briefed his Austrian counterpart on the Greek government's efforts to overcome the country's economic crisis and the major structural changes being made, noting that, with many sacrifices by the Greek people, the effort has already generated positive results.
Spindelegger reaffirmed Austria's support for Greece and welcomed the efforts by the Greek government and citizens, and noted the Austrian coalition government's recent statements on the necessity of supporting Greece and giving it an opportunity for long-term fiscal streamlining, and reiterated Vienna's firm position on the importance of the euro's stability and the need to strengthen both the euro and the support mechanism.
Droutsas, who will fly from Vienna to Abu Dhabi for a meeting of the Contact Group on Libya, further briefed Spindelegger on the contacts and efforts by the Greek side, Greece's dispatch of humanitarian aid to Libya and a foreign ministry team to Benghazi, and its firm position for a political solution in Libya.
The two ministers also discussed ways to advance the EU accession course of the Western Balkans and Greece's "Agenda 2014" initiative, which is backed by Austria.
Droutsas further briefed Spindelegger on the Greek government's intention, in the context of the next Greek presidency of the EU, to convene an EU-Balkans summit, a "Thessaloniki 2" summit similar to that held in the northern Greek capital in June 2003 during Greece's EU presidency at the time.
The Greek and Austrian foreign ministers have developed a close cooperation and coordination in the promotion of those efforts, in the context of the Agenda 2014 envisioning the EU accession of all the Western Balkan countries by 2014, provided that all the EU conditions for membership have been met, as Droutsas pointed out.
Droutsas is on Wednesday taking part in the World Economic Forum on Europe and Central Asia, which is attended by 14 heads of state and government and some 500 personalities from the fields of politics and economy. The Greek foreign minister will be a panel member in the session on "A Vision for a Sustainable Future".