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Greece Stands by Spain Amid Covid-19 Crisis

Photo Source: Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Photo Source: Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Greece last week raised the flag of Spain on top of the Hellenic Parliament and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in central Athens, expressing its solidarity to the country, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

Held on Friday at the Foreign Ministry, the flag-raising ceremony was attended by Spanish Ambassador to Greece Enrique Viguera and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

Photo Source: @Hellenic Parliament Press / Froso Kanellidou

Photo Source: @Hellenic Parliament Press / Froso Kanellidou

“I would like to express the support of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Greek government and the people of Greece to Spain… and our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones,” Dendias said.

Spain has so far announced 169,496 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and nearly 17,500 deaths.

Photo Source: Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Photo Source: Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Meanwhile, Ambassador Viguera said the country was entering a new phase as the number of COVID-19 cases and fatalities is currently decreasing.

“Spain does not lose hope. More than 15,000 people have already recovered from the disease… My recognition to Greece is even more sincere, knowing that the Greek people are also enduring a lockdown and other tough measures decided by the government to fight the pandemia,” he added.

The Spanish flag remained on the facade of the Hellenic Parliament’s building for three days.

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  1. Nausika Reply

    Greece stands for Spain, but has totally abandoned the more than 2000 greeks that live in Barcelona. Since 2017, there is no Greek consulate and no consulate services are given in Barcelona. Meanwhile, Madrid and other spanish and European cities with less greeks and less commercial activity have greeks diplomats or honourary consulates. (yes, there are about 500-700 less greeks in Madrid, compring to BCN)

    It is a shame!!!!!

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