x

Politics

Rwanda, Ghana, Gabon: Greece Looks for Closer Ties in Africa

November 25, 2021

ATHENS – In a move aimed at countering Turkey’s growing diplomatic presence, Greece wants to build closer relations with African countries, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias starting with Ghana and Gabon, after Rwanda.

They will be non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council during the period 2022-23 and he was sent there by the New Democracy government on the urging of France, which has ties in Africa and has become a military ally of Greece.

Ghana and Gabon, which Dendias will visit tonight, are the next leg of his African tour, after Rwanda, where he will meet Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey and visit a Greek school and St. Nicholas Church near the capital, Accra. In Gabon he will meet with Foreign Minister Pacome Moubelet-Boubeya.

Diplomatic sources not named told the newspaper Ghana and Gabon were important choices because Greece is a candidate for the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member in 2025-26.

The council has only five permanent members: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States and is charged with trying to keep international security but has largely failed to do so.

In the last six months, Dendias has met his counterparts from 11 of the 15 members of the Security Council in 2022-25.

In what was called vaccine diplomacy during the COVID-19 pandemic, Greece will donate 150,000 shots to Ghana and 200,000 to Gabon.

RELATED

ATHENS - Greece confirmed 3,823 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, with 10 of these identified at entry points to the country, the National Public Health Organization (EODY) said on Sunday.

Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Top Stories

General News

Fans of the Greek Street Food Truck in Dayton, Ohio won’t have to eat on the walk too much longer as founder Chris Spirtos said he’ll open a restaurant at the Crosse Point Shopping Center in Centerville, in the metro area.

United States

The generosity of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore saw installation of eight professors through an endowment in a building still taking shape and celebration of the coming space.

General News

The lives of the early waves of Greek immigrants are rarely reported upon in their full reality.

Video

Donations Pour in for Missouri Man Freed After 43 Years

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More than $1,4 million had been raised as of Saturday for a man who spent 43 years behind bars before a judge overturned his conviction in a triple killing.