Mitsotakis: Cancellation of meeting will not affect Greek-UK relations long-term

Talking to President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou on Wednesday, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that the cancellation by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of their meeting in London will not affect Greek-British relations in the long-term, adding that these relations have a significant historical depth.

He also said that there was a positive side to the meeting’s cancellation “in that Greece’s just demand for the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles gained even greater publicity, not only in the United Kingdom but also in global public opinion.”

On her part, Sakellaropoulou said that the Parthenon is a symbol not only of the classical period but is important for the planet, for world cultural heritage, because it is a symbol of Democracy and Philosophy. “The reunification of the Marbles has been a demand of the country almost since the Greek state’s foundation … and one that has in recent years – and I consider this very important – met with the understanding and acknowledgement of international public opinion, of British public opinion. And this is, perhaps, the greatest gain. There are some issues that are not resolved automatically but need time,” she said.

Mitsotakis visited Sakellaropoulou for the regular monthly briefing of the president by the prime minister.