The Belgian royal couple begins a three-day visit to Greece

The Belgian royal couple begins a three-day visit to Greece

The Belgian royal couple began a three-day visit to Greece on Monday, at a time when Europe is facing a very important crisis, according to Greek President Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou who invited them.
 
King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium first attended a commemorative ceremony in front of the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square in the center of Athens on Monday before meeting with the President of the Greek Republic Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou.
 
The President and the Royal Couple discussed the war in Ukraine, the refugee crisis, and the management of the pandemic.
 
With our faith in European values and respect for international law, I believe that we will overcome these multiple crises together, said the President during the meeting.
 
This visit should also strengthen the economic and cultural ties between the two countries.
 
During our visit, we will discuss the challenges facing Europe. We will be interested in the past, since we are accompanied by archaeologists and rectors of Belgian universities, but also focus on the present to see what we can do together at the European level to face the many challenges and finally reflect on the future, especially in the field of energy and digital transition where we have many common prospects, said King Philip according to a retransciption of the Greek news agency ANA.
 
On Monday, Queen Mathilde was also to visit the headquarters of The Smile of the child, a Greek NGO active in the protection of children.
 
In the evening, the royal couple will have dinner with the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his wife.
 
This is the first state visit of the Belgian royal couple since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The last Belgian state visit was to Luxembourg in October 2019.