Pavlopou­los praises sig­nif­i­cance of Belt & Road

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Pres­i­dent Prokopis Pavlopou­los praised the sig­nif­i­cance of the Belt and Road ini­tia­tive in pro­mot­ing in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and growth dur­ing an eco­nomic fo­rum hosted in Athens on Monday. “Greece sup­ports this ini­tia­tive and you all know that we have sup­ported from the start all events pro­mot­ing the global sig­nif­i­cance of the con­struc­tion of the mod­ern Silk Road,” the Greek leader said ad­dress­ing the open­ing ses­sion of the EU-Eura­sia-China Busi­ness sum­mit. The conference, ti­tled “Build­ing Bridges from East to West,” was or­ga­nized by the Greek-Eurasian Busi­ness Coun­cil (GEBC) un­der the aus­pices of the Greek Pres­i­dency. Greece at­taches great im­por­tance to the Belt and Road ini­tia­tive, Pavlopou­los un­der­lined. He ex­plained to del­e­gates that the idea is based both on an­cient Chi­nese phi­los­o­phy and the an­cient Silk Road, which, on the one hand, is char­ac­ter- ized by a spirit of peace and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion and, on the other hand, makes a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of in­fras­truc­ture projects, pro­mo­tion of trade, eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion and closer re­la­tions be­tween those peo­ples and the so­ci­eties linked, ei­ther by land or sea, to the re­al­iza­tion of this idea.

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