Foreign Policy 07.11.23 11:28
Greece will consider participating in a sea corridor for the provision of humanitarian aid to Gaza, Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, clarifying that a key condition is that ships can make this journey with “full protection”.
Greece will consider joining a sea corridor to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza, Kyriakos Mitsotakis said. However, he clarified that a key condition is that ships can make this journey with “full protection”.
In an interview with POLITICO, which will be broadcast in its entirety via podcast next Thursday, the prime minister said: “Because of our geography, if we can deliver humanitarian aid in an organized way and make sure that that aid gets to those who really need it more, we’ll be happy to do it.”
And he recalled that already “a plane landed in Egypt” and “delivered humanitarian aid”, saying that “we can explore the possibility of a sea corridor. It would however require the full protection of all parties involved to ensure that ships could have safe access to Gaza.”
He added that “the advantage of a sea corridor is that you can send much more humanitarian aid in a ship than in a truck. So if the logistics work out and if it’s really convenient to do that, instead of flying aid in and then putting it in trucks, if that’s something that’s feasible and can be done with maximum safety, I’d be very happy to participate in such an initiative”.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis also said he would discuss all available options for humanitarian aid with French President Emmanuel Macron and Arab leaders at a summit in Paris on Thursday.
Notably, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak told POLITICO last week that the UK is looking at “all different ways” to get aid to Gaza, following reports that Britain, France and the Netherlands are considering plans to open a sea corridor .