The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today met with the Permanent Observer of Greece to the organization and Ambassador to the United States, Christos Panagopoulos, with whom he spoke about issues related to the strengthening of the Inter-American human rights system, democratic progress in the region, and the organization’s cooperation with observer countries.
At the meeting, held at OAS headquarters in Washington DC, the Greek representative reiterated his country’s commitment to the objectives and programs of the OAS, specifically in support of those related to combating illicit drug trafficking, the protection of human rights and cooperation in the field of international law. At the meeting, the two officials exchanged their views on issues related to the effects of the “Arab Spring,” the peace negotiations in Colombia, and Latin America-Europe relations, among other topics.
Greece was accepted as an observer country to the OAS in September of 1979 and since then it has cooperated with the organization in areas related to the promotion of democracy, human rights and hemispheric security. Ambassador Panagopoulos assumed this position in September of 2012.