DEFEA 2023: high-level contacts
The Minister of National Defense of Greece, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, who toured the exhibition stands for a second day, had a 45-minute meeting with the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Cyprus Michalis Giorgallas, during which they discussed the joint defense of the 2 countries.
Besides, the Deputy Minister of National Defense Nikos Hardalias, in the presence of Mr. Panagiotopoulos, signed a memorandum of understanding with his Slovak counterpart M. Majer. Mr. Hardalias also had meetings with the official military delegations of Armenia, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirates.
The Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff general Konstantinos Floros had an official meeting at DEFEA, with the chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Central African Republic, general Zephirin Mamadou.
During today’s DEFEA 2023, the Minister of Development and Investments Adonis Georgiadis sat in on an open discussion on the Greek defense industry organized by the Association of Greek Defense Equipment Manufacturers (SEKPY). Mr. Georgiadis also toured the Exhibitors’ booths.
DEFEA 2023 was visited by main opposition party SYRIZA’s Defense Sector led by the sector head, Giorgos Tsipras. The group included former Minister of National Defense Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis, former Minister of Citizen Protection Nikos Toskas and former Deputy Minister of National Defense Panagiotis Rigas.
Mr. Francois Arbault, Director General for Defense Industry and Space, of the European Commission also gave a speech by presenting the actions of the European Defense Fund, to strengthen research and development programs.
Finally, NATO’s Directorate of Defence Investments and Technological Research (DDIT) organised a speech on the subject of the Greek innovation system and the Innovation Fund of the North Atlantic Alliance.