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PM urges foreign ministry to expect 'greater challenges ahead'

Δημοσίευση 18 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 11:40 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
PM urges foreign ministry to expect 'greater challenges ahead'
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Greece had a greatly improved and stronger image abroad as a result of the government's actions over the past year, Prime Minister George Papandreou told staff at the foreign ministry on Monday, during the cutting of the traditional New Year 'pita'.

Greece had a greatly improved and stronger image abroad as a result of the government's actions over the past year, Prime Minister George Papandreou told staff at the foreign ministry on Monday, during the cutting of the traditional New Year 'pita'.

"Without you, this recovery of international credibility would not have been possible," he added.

The prime minister said Greece's foreign ministry staff had proved itself in the past but stressed that even greater challenges lay ahead, since foreign policy issues were now intertwined with globalised matters such as the economy, the environment and major problems of humanity.

He underlined that the foreign ministry staff would have a critical role to play in all this and promised to stand by them.

The ceremony was also addressed by Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas, who said the past year had been one filled with challenges but also successes.

"We promoted a foreign policy with vision and realism, a health national pride with heightened prestige and credibility that we regained as a result of your work," he stressed.

While the current economic crisis prevented the government from raising pay but instead imposed pay cuts, "it is within our power and our obligation to give every Greek citizen a better daily life, dignity, quality in public services in the sectors of health and education. You can be sure that the necessary changes will be made," he said.

He promised a new organisational structure and modernisation, including the use of new technologies, within the foreign ministry that would allow it to be more effective.

 

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