Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit received, on Tuesday, Greece’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias at the headquarters of the pan-Arab organisation in Cairo.
The two parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that reflects the depth of Arab-Greek relations, and the desire to advance and diversify the areas they deal with.
According to a statement, Aboul Gheit described Dendias’ visit as further evidence of the special relations between the Arab region and Greece.
He stressed that the MoU enhances the development of these relations. For his part, the Greek minister stressed that his country will work to support relations between the European Union (EU) and the Arab League.
The statement indicated that the two sides held an expanded session of talks that dealt with a number of issues of common interest. Foremost of these were the Palestinian issue, the crises in Libya and Lebanon, and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Aboul Gheit expressed his appreciation for the Greek position on the Palestinian issue, especially during the last round of confrontations last May.
The Arab League expressed its aspiration for Greece to play a positive role within the EU, particularly as some European countries have taken negative positions on the Palestine issue and the two-state solution.
Dendias reiterated that the two-state solution remains the only formula on which a settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict can be found.
Aboul Gheit listened to the Greek minister’s assessments regarding cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean, with both Egypt and Cyprus. Dendias also touched on the developments of the Turkish position on stability in this important region.