A visit by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki to Athens on Thursday is the first of its kind for many years and raises hopes that Greece and its neighbour are on the path towards settling their name dispute.
Greece, Cyprus and Egypt have agreed to accelerate talks on the outstanding issues related to the delineation of the three countries' Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ).
Strong support for Greece over its struggle to handle the refugee situation and the economic reform programme were the main public messages to emerge from the visit to Athens by US Secretary of State John Kerry last Friday.
The Greek government appears – for the time being, at least – to have averted a major confrontation with European Union partners after making a formal request on Thursday for help in dealing with the refugee and migrant crisis.
US Secretary of State, John Kerry is expected in Athens on Friday, some three weeks after his scheduled visit to Greece on November 14 was postponed due to an extraordinary meeting on the Syrian crisis in Vienna.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias visited Tehran on November 29-30 in an effort to enhance Greece’s bilateral relations with Iran as well as to prepare the ground for the visit of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who is expected to travel in the early party of 2016.
Greece and Israel made the first steps towards a concrete rapprochement in 2010, which was initiated by the then Prime Minister George Papandreou.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' first official visit to Turkey ended with no major breakthrough on Wednesday either with regard to the refugee crisis or the crucial issues related to bilateral relations.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' first official visit to Turkey (November 18-19) has suddenly turned into perhaps the most crucial visit of a Greek premier to Greece's neighboring country, as it takes place a few days following Paris' terrorist attacks.
The possibility that one of the terrorists who carried out the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday night passed through Greece as a refugee is likely to lead to the European Union pressuring further the Greek government to improve the processing of people arriving on its islands.