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FM Gerapetritis: ‘Greece’s goal is precisely to serve as a bridge between North-South and East-West’

Featured FM Gerapetritis: ‘Greece’s goal is precisely to serve as a bridge between North-South and East-West’

Greece's goal as a European nation at the crossroads of three continents is precisely to serve as a bridge between North-South and East-West," noted Foreign Minister George Gerapatritis after his meeting on Thursday with Brazilian Foreign Secretary Mauro Vieira. This statement came in reference to Greece's election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2025-2026.

“ To this end, with the priorities we have set, we seek to highlight the major issues facing the planet, such as respect for International Law and the principles and rules of the United Nations Charter, the peaceful resolution of disputes, the protection of children in armed conflicts, the protection and assurance of substantive equality for women, and maritime security,” said Gerapetriris during joint statements with his Brazilian counterpart.

Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira described his discussion with Gerapatritis as constructive, covering both the bilateral agenda and global events of common interest, such as the conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine and the outcomes of the European elections.

Vieira also mentioned the agreement signed with Culture Minister Lina Mendoni on mutual cooperation on cultural issues. He highlighted the robust trade relations between the two countries, reaching half a billion euros annually, and the 60,000 Brazilian tourists who visited Greece last year, noting the potential for further growth.

Additionally, Vieira congratulated Greece on its election to the UN Security Council, emphasizing, "We are building on Greece's measurable and principled voice on issues of international peace and security."

He also stressed the urgent need for a ceasefire in Gaza and the facilitation of necessary humanitarian aid to the region.