Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) leader George Karatzaferis met on Thursday with The Netherlands' ambassador in Athens Cees Van Rij at the party's offices and discussed bilateral issues, the illegal immigration issue and the Greek economic crisis.
After the meeting the Dutch envoy expressed his satisfaction on the meeting and said that they discussed the political and economic situation in Greece. "It is very important for me as an ambassador to speak with Greek political party leaders, especially in this crucial period for the country."
On his part, Karatzaferis stressed that The Netherlands is among the countries that have lent to Greece and thus his has the legitimate right to be interested in the Greek political parties' intentions. "We had a broad discussion on the economy and of course illegal migration, which is Europe's second largest problem," said Karatzaferis, adding that The Netherlands, which faces similar problems with Greece regarding illegal migration, is aware of the problem and in them we can find a supporter.
LAOS sources told ANA-MPA that Karatzaferis also referred to bilateral trade between the two countries, noting Greeks spend twice the amount of money for meat and milk than for petrol. The same sources pointed that recently Karatzaferis during a speech in the Greek parliament had included the Dutch government among those with a negative attitude towards Greece.