Liz does it again – bypassing Brussels to sign deal with Greece

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Photo credit: Simon Dawson / No10 Downing Street.

Despite EU’s ‘Common Foreign and Security Policy’, Greece has signed a bilateral deal with UK.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss today (Monday 25 October) met her Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias to sign a new framework to boost trade, security and digital cooperation between the two countries.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said:

The framework we’ve signed with Greece will open up new opportunities for trade and investment in both countries, enabling better cooperation between businesses, investors and industry, and builds on strong security and defence cooperation as we seek to challenge malign actors that threaten to disrupt our freedoms and way of life.

The UK-Greece Strategic Bilateral Framework will build on the strong existing relationship between the UK and Greece. The two countries are committed to working together to promote stability and security as NATO allies, and to enhance Europe’s resilience in the face of security threats from malign actors.

The framework will enable individual deals to be done across a range of sectors including foreign policy, defence, trade & investment, health, education, tourism and maritime affairs.

2021 marks 200 years since Britain played an influential role in Greece’s struggle for independence.

Over the weekend Mr Dendias gave an interview to a Greek national newspaper in which he underlined how the deal with the UK will be more extensive than those signed with France and the United States in the last few months.

In his interview, Mr Dendias described the United Kingdom as:

“A country which played a key role in the Greek independence, a country with which we fought side by side in two World Wars, a nuclear force and permanent member of the UN Security Council and guarantor force in Cyprus.”

He went on to underline the importance of this new agreement with Global Britain:

“We are laying the foundation for the strengthening of this relationship in a new framework after their withdrawal from the EU.”


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