PM Mitsotakis meets President Macron on sidelines of Gaza humanitarian conference

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Thursday had a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the International Humanitarian Conference for Gaza’s civilian population in Paris.

During the meeting they discussed the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and the need for a humanitarian pause in order to restore a continuous flow of aid to Gaza. They also discussed a proposal to open a humanitarian corridor by sea, while recognising the operational difficulties of such an endeavour.

In addition, Mitsotakis and Macron conducted an overall review of Greek-French relations.

PM Mitsotakis meets with PM of Palestinian Authority Mohammad Ibrahim Shtayyeh in Paris

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met on Thursday with the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority Mohammad Ibrahim Shtayyeh, shortly before his participation in the International Humanitarian Conference for Gaza’s Civilian Population taking place in Paris.

During the meeting they discussed the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. The Greek prime minister reiterated his increasing concern over civilian losses in Gaza and underlined the need for a “humanitarian pause” in order to have a smooth flow of humanitarian aid into the enclave.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis also pointed out Greece’s willingness to offer humanitarian aid and the fact that Greece is in contact with the Republic of Cyprus and others partners involved about the possibility of creating a humanitarian sea corridor for the transport of aid to the Gaza Strip.

He also stressed that Hamas is a terrorist organisation and does not represent the Palestinian people. He repeated that the only legal represenative of the Palestinian people is the Palestinian Authority, underlining Greece’s long-standing support for a two-state solution in the area.

Finally, he noted that only a political solution on this basis can guarantee peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians and ensure stability in the region.