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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-08-28

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Greece, Iceland reaffirm ties

  • [01] Greece, Iceland reaffirm ties

    Greece and Iceland on Thursday reaffirmed the good level of their relations, during a meeting between prime minister Costas Karamanlis and his Icelandic counterpart Geir H. Haarde, who is on a working visit to Greece.

    Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Karamanlis said that relations between the two countries were exceptional, while their cooperation was excellent at both bilateral level and in international organizations, but added that many opportunities for furthering cooperation existed in the economy, in investments and in the tourism sector.

    He further noted that Iceland has many energy reserves, while it was also a pioneer in the knowledge of and exploitation of natural resources.

    The two prime ministers discussed prospects for cooperation between the two countries in the exploitation of renewable energy sources and in geothermal energy.

    The two leaders further discussed matters concerning NATO, and the developments in Georgia and in the western Balkans.

    Karamanlis also expressed appreciation to Haarde for Iceland's backing of Greece on the FYROM name issue.

    Haarde, in turn, noted that relations between the two countries were problem-free, adding that there were opportunities that could be taken advantage of.

    He stressed that an agreement on avoidance of double taxation would be significant for the enhancement of economic relations, and also sought Greece's backing of Iceland's candidacy for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

    Caption: Greek prime minister Costas Karamanlis (L) and Iceland's prime minister Geir H. Haarde on Thursday 28 August outside the Maximos mansion.ANA-MPA/MARGARITA KIAOU


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