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Ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias’ statement to media in the course of his visit to South Africa (Johannesburg, 24. 01. 2023)

As a result, I was given the opportunity to thank South Africa for its support for our election towards the Security Council, as well as to look for its assistance with a number of sub-Saharan African countries from which we are also seeking votes.
Aside from that, we took an understanding of the global situation following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I recall that Sergei Lavrov was here yesterday, and Josep Borrell is usually coming.
We also went through sectors in which South Africa could cooperate along with Greece, including energy, delivery, agricultural products, and exchange of know-how.
Furthermore, I had a significant opportunity, which made me feel very happy, and that was to come to the SAHETI school, the particular Greek school in South Africa with 1, 500 learners. To meet the teachers, to get in touch with the students, and also to meet with the representatives from the large Greek community in South Africa; a thriving Ancient greek community of almost fifty, 000 that demonstrates what we already know: that Hellenism stretches beyond the narrow geographical boundaries of our motherland and that wider Hellenism always makes us proud.

First of all, I had formed the opportunity today to meet with my South African equal, on the first visit by a Greek Foreign Minister in order to South Africa in 25 years. S. africa, as is known, is a very important country, the second largest economy on the continent, but also a country with significant influence in the wider region.


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