FM Dendias holds Middle East meetings, attends online EU Foreign Council on regional crisis

FM Dendias holds Middle East meetings, attends online EU Foreign Council on regional crisis

Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias attended an informal video conference of EU foreign ministers called by EU Foreign Policy Head Josep Borrell on the latest developments in the Middle East, held online on Tuesday.

Earlier on Thursday, Dendias met with his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi in Jerusalem and with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Shtayyeh in Ramallah, before wrapping up his one-day official visit to Israel and Palestinian territories.

While there, he also met with Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III, with whom he discussed "the protection of Holy Pilgrimage sites and the preservation of their status," as the minister wrote on Twitter.

Following his visit, Dendias said in an official statement: "Israel, like every country in the world, has the right to self-defense. Beyond that, an initiative for the Middle East ought to be taken. The void, or the lack of initiative, creates issues that we see before us: human tragedies."

Dendias is currently in Jordan, where he was scheduled to meet with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi.

On Thursday, Dendias will meet with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry in Cairo.

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