Greek foreign minister Stavros Lambrinidis had a series of meetings with his counterparts from several countries on Monday on the sidelines of the 66th UN General Assembly taking place in New York.
The meetings mainly focused on issues concerning Greece but also the more general economic and political developments internationally.
Lambrinidis met separate on Monday with the foreign ministers of Egypt Mohamed Kamel Amr, Kazakhstan Yerzhan Kazykhanov and Uruguay Louis Almagro.
In his meeting with Amr, the two ministers discussed bilateral issues as well as the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Lambrinidis also accepted an invitation from Amr to visit Egypt in the near future, tentatively sometime in the next two months. The desire of the two sides is that a Greek business mission will also participate in the visit for the purpose of exploring prospects for further cooperation in a number of sectors, including tourism, commerce, health and energy.
The Greek minister further briefed Amr on the discussions in the EU for promoting its relations with the countries of the so-called Southern Neighborhood, and the two men agreed to continue the relevant consultations at bilateral level as well so as to pinpoint the sectors of cooperation that present the most significant prospects on the Egyptian side.
On developments in the eastern Mediterranean, they discussed prospects arising for a reopening of the peace talks and progress in the relevant deliberations. Discussing the situation in the wider region, Lambrinidis briefed Amr on Turkey’s recent moves and statements, which he said aggravate the climate of fluidity and insecurity in an exceptionally sensitive period.
During the meeting with Almagro, the two ministers reaffirmed the excellent relations between Greece and Uruguay and their bilateral cooperation, especially in the field of shipping. They also discussed prospects for further enhancing relations between the EU and the Latin American countries.
In a meeting with Kazykhanov, the Kazakhstan minister briefed Lambrinidis on his government's desire to attract European companies in the context of a wide-ranging investments and industrialisation programme.
The two ministers also discussed prospects for cooperation between their countries in the energy sector, as well as matters of concern to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the helm of which Kazakhstan recently took over from Greece, and the prospects for liberalising the visa requirement.
In all his talks, Lambrinidis briefed his counterparts on the ongoing FYROM name negotiations and developments in the Cyprus issue.