Greece–Kyrgyzstan relations

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Greece-Kyrgyzstan relations
Map indicating locations of Greece and Kyrgyzstan

Greece

Kyrgyzstan

Greece–Kyrgyzstan relations are foreign relations between Greece and Kyrgyzstan. Both countries established diplomatic relations in 1992.[1] Greece is represented in Kyrgyzstan through its embassy in Almaty (Kazakhstan). Kyrgyzstan is represented in Greece through a non resident ambassador based in Bishkek (in the Foreign Ministry). Kyrgyz consular representation in Greece is made by the Kazakh consulate in Athens. What is now Kyrgyzstan was settled by Scythians and was conquered by Alexander the Great.[2]

Official visits[edit]

In 2002, the deputy Kyrgyz foreign minister, Asanbek Osmonaliyev visited Greece to discuss the prospects for "bilateral political cooperation and the possibilities of arranging an official visit by the Kyrgyz president, Askar Akayev, to Greece".[3]

On November 1, 2004, Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev made an official visit to Greece to meet Greek President, Konstantinos Stephanopoulos. Akayev said: "It is 12 years since diplomatic relations between the two countries have been established, and this is a good beginning to build close and efficient cooperation. We have good prospects to raise Kyrgyz-Greek relations to a higher level and expand relations in the international arena. ... The aim of my visit is to raise our relations to a different qualitative level and to lay the foundation for their legal basis by signing bilateral documents."[4][5][6] A Foreign Ministry delegation from Greece visited Dushanbe for talks, and had meetings with Tajikistans Foreign Minister Zarifi and First Deputy Foreign Minister Youldashev in 2008. Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis met with Tajikistans Foreign Minister Zarifi during the 1st EU-Central Asia Forum on security issues in Paris in September 2008.[1][7]

Emigrants[edit]

Between 650 and 700 people of Greek descent live in Kyrgyzstan;[8] however, the data of the General Secretariat For Greeks Abroad give an even lower number (50 people).[9] See Greeks in Kyrgyzstan for more details.

Bilateral agreements[edit]

In 2004, Greece and Kyrgyzstan signed a bilateral agreement for air transport, tourism and diplomacy during Kyrgyz president Askar Akayev's visit to Greece.[4][5][10]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tajikistan". Greece. Retrieved 2009-05-21. "Greece and Tajikistan established diplomatic relations in 1992. The stabilization of the country following the civil war and its increasing presence as part of the international community are expected to offer an opportunity for substantially developing its bilateral relations with Greece." 
  2. ^ King, David C (September 2005). Kyrgyzstan. Marshall Cavendish. p. 148. ISBN 0-7614-2013-4. "Scythians were early settlers in present-day Kyrgyzstan. They were fearsome warriors who resisted even the attacks of Alexander the Great in the third ..." 
  3. ^ "Kyrgyz deputy foreign minister in Greece to discuss economic, cultural issues". Kabar. March 13, 2002. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Kyrgyzstan, Greece sign cooperation accords". New Nations. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  5. ^ a b "Greece, Kyrgyzstan sign bilateral accords". Athens News Agency. 2004. Retrieved 2009-05-22. "Greece and Kyrgyzstan on Monday signed three bilateral accords in the sectors of air transports, tourism and diplomacy, during a meeting between President of the Republic Costis Stephanopoulos and his Kyrgyz counterpart Askare Askayev, who is in Athens on a state visit." 
  6. ^ "Kyrgyz president in Greece". BBC. November 1, 2004. Retrieved 2009-05-22. "Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev left for Greece on an official visit on 31 October" 
  7. ^ "FM Bakoyannis to participate in 1st EU-Central Asia Forum". Athens News Agency. Retrieved 2009-05-27. 
  8. ^ Kyrgyzstan: The Greek Community. Hellenic Republic: Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  9. ^ "General Information". General Secretariat For Greeks Abroad. Retrieved 2009-05-07. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Kyrgyzstan, Greece sign cooperation accords". BBC. 2004. Retrieved 2009-05-22. "Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev met Greek President Konstandinos Stefanopoulos in a narrow circle in Athens as part of an official visit to Greece on 1 November 2004. There was an exchange of views on a wide range of issues of cooperation..." 

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