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Business Lunch. Friday 20th September 2013
The Hellenic Spanish Chamber of Commerce organized a Business Lunch on Friday 20th of September, at Fuga restaurant, with the presence of Mr. Bernardino León, Spanish diplomat, former Spanish Secretary General for Foreign Affairs, former Secretary General at the office of the Spanish Prime Minister and currently appointed as European Union Special Representative (EUSR) for the Southern Mediterranean area.
After a warm welcome speech by the President of the Chamber, Mr. Clemente Pinedo, who introduced the guest to the participants, Mr. León shared with the audience his pleasant experience during the time he spent in Greece serving at the Embassy in Athens. Following, Mr. León referred to historical facts relating to the region and explained the current situation (social and political,) in Middle East. He underlined the important role of Egypt for the stability in the region and precisely explained what is happening in Egypt nowadays. He referred to the activities of the Muslim Brothers, the attitude of former President Morsi and the circumstances that led to the military coup. He explained that only an agreement with the opposition party could create the conditions for overcoming the country's political and economic challenges and avoid further confrontation, and described the everyday situation in the streets of Cairo. Mr. León supported that, actually, the citizens of Egypt should take their own decisions for recovering democracy. He dwelled on investments, since the presence in the country of European investors will be vital for its recovery. Then, Mr. León presented the tough conditions in other conflicting countries in the region, such as Libya, Iraq and Syria, underlining how divided those countries are and what is the EU position towards the extreme
reality experienced in the area. Concerning Syria, Mr. León said that both USA and Russia should organize a peace conference, as at this stage dialogue could be the most adequate solution.
The very interesting speech delivered by Mr. León attended Their Excellencies, the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Ambassador of Argentina, the Ambassador of Spain, the
Counselor of the Spanish Embassy, the Consul of Nicaragua and many prominent Greek and Spanish businessmen, representatives of Spanish companies present in
Greece and members of the Chamber.