Minister Joly to welcome Greece’s foreign minister to Canada

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March 14, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will welcome Nikos Dendias, Greece’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, to Ottawa, Ontario, and Montréal, Quebec, on March 15, 2023. 

This visit will build on our countries’ long history of bilateral engagement and will further solidify Greece as a strong, reliable partner of Canada in addressing the most pressing global challenges of our time.

The ministers will discuss the importance of transatlantic unity in support of Ukraine and maintaining pressure on the Russian regime. They will also exchange views on other foreign policy priorities, such as the importance of peaceful dialogue in the Eastern Mediterranean and the fight against climate change.

The Canada-Greece bilateral relationship is based upon shared values that unite our two peoples. The ministers will reaffirm these close people-to-people ties by meeting with Montréal-based Hellenic community groups and highlighting the importance of promoting enhanced bilateral trade and investment. Canadians of Greek origins have made countless contributions to our country, and Minister Joly looks forward to introducing Minister Dendias to members of Montreal’s vibrant Greek community.


“Last year we marked 80 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and Greece, and with Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the importance of building on this time-tested relationship has become ever more clear. I look forward to welcoming my Greek counterpart to Canada so that we can discuss how to contend with the challenges of tomorrow together.”

- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • An estimated 270,000 Canadians claim Greek heritage.

  • At the NATO summit in Madrid, Spain, in June 2022, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Montréal would be the host city for the NATO Climate Change and Security Centre of Excellence.

  • Greece provided early support for the NATO Centre of Excellence initiative and is taking steps toward becoming a sponsoring nation and founding member.

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