Greece–Zimbabwe relations

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Greek-Zimbabwean relations
Map indicating locations of Greece and Zimbabwe



Greek-Zimbabwean relations are the bilateral relations between Greece and Zimbabwe. Greece has an embassy in Harare. Due to the economic situation, Zimbabwe has neither an embassy nor an honorary consulate in Greece.[1]


The Greek community in Zimbabwe reached a peak of about 13,000-15,000 in 1972. It has since been reduced to about 1,100 Greeks or people of Greek origin from the instability in Zimbabwe.[1]

There are three Greek language schools owned by the Greek community in Harare, the first has been in operation since 1954.[1] There is a Greek high school, a Greek elementary school, and a Greek kindergarten.[2]

In 1982, Greece agreed to provide Zimbabwe with economic, tourist, and trade assistance.[3]

Starting in 2002 relations between Greece and Zimbabwe have been influenced by European Union imposed sanctions. The sanctions include a ban on "visas to government officials, freezing their assets in the EU and a ban on selling arms". The last ministerial official visits took place in 1998.[1]

The Holy Archbishopric of Zimbabwe and Southern Africa is under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Alexandria. Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria, was put in place in December 2004 to serve the Holy Archbishopric in Zimbabwe.[1] In 2007 Robert Mugabe met with Theodore.[4]

In 2008, the Greek Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mihail Koukakis talked about two new aid projects for the people of Zimbabwe, a food programme worth $70,000; and $75,000 for Chivhu Hospital in Harare.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Zimbabwe". Retrieved 2009-04-14. Greece has an Embassy in Harare, whereas Zimbabwe does not have an Embassy and is not able to afford one. Zimbabwe does not have an Honorary Consulate in Greece either. 
  2. ^ "Zimbabwe Greek Community inaugurates new Hellenic Academy". Daily Frappe. April 14, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-14. This is the third Greek language institution to open in the city. The Greek community already operates a Greek Elementary School (with 450 registered children) and a Greek Kindergarten School (with 45 registered children.) 
  3. ^ "Greece and Zimbabwe Reach Accord on Aid". Reuters in New York Times. June 2, 1982. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  4. ^ "Zimbabwe president meets Pope Theodore II". People's Daily. February 13, 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-14. When meeting the visiting Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Theodore II, at Zimbabwe House on Monday, Mugabe said, "We have a common purpose as Christians although, as we work in government, we are taking care of the body and mind." 
  5. ^ "Greeks 'strongly behind' Zim". March 20, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-14. Greek nationals in Zimbabwe are strongly behind the country and will continue to support the government in its efforts to develop communities, say reports. ... 

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