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Ambassador Alfonsas Eidintas: Resolution in Greece is drawing nearer

Alfonsas Eidintas
Irmanto Gelūno / 15min nuotr. / Alfonsas Eidintas
Šaltinis: BNS

Lithuania's new Ambassador to Greece Alfonsas Eidintas says that the resolution of the financial problems of the country is coming soon. However, he refuses to specify the outcome.

Speaking about the priorities of his work in Athens and elaborating on the potential changes in Greece's problems prior to Lithuania's presidency over the European Union (EU) in the second half of 2013, the diplomat told BNS that the problems could become even more acute.

"Nevertheless, the resolution is close. We can only guess what it will be. Nobody knows, but as far as we see from the media, there are different forecasts – even an exit from the euro zone," Eidintas said.

He noted that Greece, which was planned to take over EU chairmanship in early 2014, would "be even more visible as the presiding country."

"We, as the presiding country, will also make our contribution to the solution of the Greek problems. But I don't know the weight the embassy will have, maybe more things will be done in Brussels," said the ambassador who received credentials from the president on Tuesday.

"Lithuania could, of course, share its experience of overcoming such difficulties, if Greece wanted us to. The situation is, however, different, as the Greek government will have a hard time due to the high degree of discontent of the population with the reforms. This is probably the big difference vis-a-vis Lithuania where the society was rather calm and understanding," he said.

In Eidintas' words, his priorities in Athens include promotion of economic cooperation, bilateral political relations and dialogue, as well as presentation of Lithuania's culture. He said President Dalia Grybauskaitė emphasized the need for cooperation in the NATO framework.

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