Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee, Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he last met his Greek counterpart.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), met Greek Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Evangelos Venizelos, for a working lunch on 28 November 2013.

It was a productive meeting during which the two Ministers discussed a wide range of priorities, including: Greek plans for their EU presidency; migration; EU reform; Cyprus; and EU enlargement.

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs also underlined the British Government’s commitment to working closely with the Greek Government during their presidency of the EU in 2014.

I delivered the same message when I visited Athens and met Mr Venizelos, on 5 November 2013. We had a constructive meeting at which we discussed: Greece’s presidency of the EU; EU enlargement, particularly in the Western Balkans; and steps towards a Cyprus settlement.

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