February 27, 2013 - Ottawa - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird meets with Dimitris Avramopoulos, Greece’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is on his first visit to Canada as foreign minister.
Discussions focused on bilateral issues, such as strengthening trade and business links between the two countries. Minister Baird reaffirmed Canada’s support of Greece’s efforts to overcome its current economic challenges.
“We appreciate that many Greeks have seen their living standards change and that this change has been difficult for some,” said Baird. “But we hope the long-term benefits of such change will prove worthwhile.”
At a time when the global economy remains fragile, both countries’ governments must remain focused on creating jobs, growth and opportunity. As the two ministers noted, the recent implementation of the Canada-Greece Youth Mobility Agreement is an important step in that direction. The new agreement makes it easier for Canadian and Greek young people to travel and work in each other’s country. The ministers also discussed the state of negotiations for the comprehensive economic and trade agreement between Canada and the European Union.
The visit of Minister Avramopoulos highlights the important role of the Greek-Canadian community in Canada, whose academic, economic and political contributions form the foundation of the strong Canada-Greece relationship.