Greece develops Youth & Lifestyle Cultural Networks in East Med: A talk with Greek MFA Nikos Kotzias




On November 9, the Foreign Ministers of Greece and Cyprus, Nikos Kotzias and Ioannis Kasoulides visited Lebanon at the invitation of the Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil, following the Conference on Security & Stability of Rhodes (8-9 September 2016). The visit was also an opportunity to congratulate General Michel Aoun on his election as President.

Kamsyn was selected & invited by the Ambassador of Greece in Beirut HE Theodore Passas to attend the Live Conference on the “Role of Identity and History in Shaping Foreign Policy” at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik – USEK  under the Patronage of HE Minister of Foreign Affairs Gebran Bassil, moderated by HE Dr Hitti.
USEK University in Kaslik, Lebanon
Kamsyn met with Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Nikos Kotzias & Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs HE  Ioannis Kasoulides in presence of Cypriot Ambassador in Beirut HE Christina Rafti.
HE Gebran Bassil, Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs welcoming Greece & Cyprus MFA HE Kotzias & HE Kasoulides to the Conference moderated by HE Dr Hitti 
It was an occasion for Kamsyn to ask Mr. Kotzias how Athens envisions Cultural Cooperation at the regional level in the Eastern Mediterranean, and possible cooperation between Greece and Lebanon in this sector.
HE Kotzias Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs

In synergy with Lebanon, in respect of the Spirit of the Rhodes 2016 Conference on Security & Stability; an initiative of yours, how can a Digital Magazine such as Kamsyn contribute through Dialogue & Understanding to help extend the Cultural Youth & Lifestyle Regional Networks in the near future ?

History in the Mediterranean region is rich and goes back to thousands of years. However, History can be a prison or a school depending on the approach of the observer. Also, History is first and foremost about facts and memories that are transmitted through various vectors from generation to generation.

Within the actual complex geopolitical context, our intention is to build a positive future based on shared values and mutual exchange. The role of the Youth as partners in our respective countries is essential as a creative & dynamic actor in Lifestyle and Culture.

A Platform such as Kamsyn is an example of such positive initiatives that can contribute to extend the Youths regional networks through coverage of cultural events, initiatives, festivals as well as organising unique travel events & exchanges.

To read more about Greece’s Aspiration to become an Energy Hub in the East Med visit Middle East Strategic Perspectives (MESP)‘s Exclusive Interview of HE Kotzias Foreign Minister of Greece
Photos from the Conference:
HE Theodore Passas Ambassador of Greece in Beirut with Ministre Conseiller Nikolas Krikos (right) and Emile Issa Founder of Kamsyn (Left)


HE Nikos Kotzias Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emile Issa Founder of Kamsyn 


HE Ioannis Kasoulides Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs (Left) and HE Christina Rafti Ambassador of Cyprus in Lebanon (right) and Emile Issa


HE Gebran Bassil Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emile Issa

Kamsyn, November 2016