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Since we didnt have a dedicated India Greece Discussion thread...we can use this thread as a repository of information for India Greece Relationship.
India Greece is emerging as a strong strategic partnership..Lets hope it flourishes well
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Indian-Greek ties have exciting prospects, built on the legacy of Alexander the Great and King Porus




The Greek Foreign Ministry describes the Indian-Greek friendship as “excellent, with relations being multifaceted, harmonious and warm, as the two peoples are linked by close ties of friendship and mutual cooperation, and represent ancient cultures.”


This close relationship was reflected in a busy 2020 that saw relationship building between Athens and New Delhi reach unprecedented heights despite the COVID-19 pandemic.


Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was scheduled to visit Athens in November. The visit was unfortunately delayed due to a second wave of COVID-19 hitting Greece.


Nonetheless, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and Jaishankar held a virtual meeting on October 29 where they discussed strengthening cooperation in the defence and technological sectors.


The meeting, Greek diplomatic sources said, is part of Greece’s efforts to foster fruitful relations with rising powers such as India.


Greek Tourism Minister Harry Theoharis revealed in October that a direct air flight between Athens and India will be established. This will allow Greece to benefit from India’s burgeoning middle class who are increasingly traveling abroad for pleasure.


Also, a month before the October 29 virtual meeting between the foreign ministers and the announcement of a new flight route, Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos met with Indian Ambassador Amrit Lugun in Athens.


They discussed increasing military relations between the two countries.


There is no denying that the last few months of 2020 was a whirlwind in Indian-Greek relations.


However, perhaps it was President Ram Nath Kovind on Twitter who most eloquently described the historical relationship between Greece and India.


“The most famous Greek to come to India was of course Alexander the Great. He arrived at the head of an invading army in 326 BC – but he left as a friend. Every Indian schoolchild knows of how Alexander and Porus fought a pitched battle and then became allies.”


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It is this single quote made by President Kovind that best defines the ancient ties between Greek and Indian civilizations. Nearly a thousand years before the concept of an England was conceptualized and nearly 2,000 years before the founding of the United States of America, Greeks and Indians had already gone to war, and then immediately become friends.


Although Greek philosopher Pythagoras is credited for the Pythagorean theory, Indians had known of this theorem at least 300 years earlier via the Shuba Sutra of Baudhayan. It is perhaps here that further defines the immensity of our civilizations – both capable of independently discovering, researching, philosophizing and theorizing revolutionary ideas and thoughts that are for the betterment of humanity.



Our civilizations survived the test of times when others went into the pages of history permanently, such as the Babylonians. But despite these thousands of years of history, Greece and India have not quite reached the glories of their ancient forefathers just yet due to centuries of foreign invasions and colonialism that saw untold riches leave the shores of the Indian subcontinent and the Greek peninsula to the treasuries of foreign conquerors.


The catastrophic drain of wealth put both countries on the back foot, so to speak, when they achieved their respective independence.


From the 1200s, Indians experienced the brutality of various conquering Turkic warlords, followed by the Mughals, and then finally the British. And although it was the conquering Turkic tribes that left a profound demographic change on the Indian subcontinent with the consolidation of Islam, it was the British who truly drained the country financially with an immense $45 trillion being looted, according to professor Utsa Patnaik.


Greeks, too, have experienced over a millennium of warfare against various Turkic tribes, most prominently the Ottomans, who just like the British in India, drained Greeks of their wealth, leaving Greece backwards, destitute and underdeveloped when it achieved independence in 1821.


In fact, it was these conquering Turkic tribes that disconnected Greek and Indian civilizations from each for nearly a thousand years.


The modern era, however, has no such issues, especially when considering technology and the formation of our respective countries as modern, functioning and democratic states, albeit, far different from the ancient Athenian concept of democracy.


It is on the basis of our ancient ties in exchanging ideas, knowledge and philosophy that today’s relationship between Greece and India should be built upon. With India rising to Great Power status on the global stage and Greece having the most formidable military and exciting economic prospects in the East Mediterranean region, the time is ripe for Indian-Greek relations to flourish.


Setting aside diplomatic niceties, realism demands that “my enemy’s enemy is my friend.”


Although Greece and India want a peaceful rise to achieve economic prosperity for the betterment of citizens, both countries face revisionist and aggressive neighbours who are increasingly adopting Turkic medieval conquering ideology that not only bloats their own military budget, but that of their neighbours.


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Greece faces a Turkey that is bringing neo-Ottoman ambitions from the realm of theory to reality as its recent wars against Syria, Libya and the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh demonstrate.


Meanwhile, Pakistan and its expansionist ambitions to conquer Jammu and Kashmir, adopts the ideology of Neo-Mughalism, believing that they are the successors of Turkic conquerors rather than Islamified Indians.


It is of little wonder that both Pakistan and Turkey now have strong ties, and not based on economic cooperation and development to alleviate their permeating issues of poverty and economic crises, but to continue their goal of territorial expansionism at the expense of the indigenous peoples of Greece and India.


Greek diplomacy went into a massive retraction after the troika―the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund―imposed brutal economic austerity measures in the aftermath of the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Greek political leaders under control of European and international financial institutions became subservient to the foreign policies of Washington and Brussels, and Greece’s relations with non-European Union/NATO countries went into decline.


However, with the financial crisis over and Turkey becoming more emboldened to act unilaterally at the expense of Greece’s security and sovereignty, Athens is finally becoming more assertive in pursuing its own interests and is once again building or rebuilding relations with countries to its east, rather than its west.


Western mythology alludes that the Greek civilization is Western, but rather this is to appropriate Greek contributions to world history as the West lacks its own ancient and historical legacy to build upon. Rather, the Greeks are a transcontinental people, the first Eurasian civilization that had flourishing cities in both Europe and West Asia, as well as on the North African coastline. It is an illusion to believe that Greeks are solely Western considering Greek colonies reached as far as the Indus Valley and had a profound influence on Buddhism and Indian philosophy.


By readjusting Greece’s focus towards the East, rather than solely to the West, India has become an important partner for Athens. In fact, Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar recognized this reality in a statement made in September 2020, stressing that his country considers Greece a “strategic partner” with which it has a “long-term friendship”.


2020 was a big year in boosting Indian-Greek relations, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. And although a flurry of agreements and memorandums were signed or discussed to increase cooperation in the economy, culture, tourism and technology, the most critical component is in the military field.


The boost in military ties between Greece and India, following the meeting between Panagiotopoulos and Lugun, comes at a time when Pakistan continues provocations in the East Mediterranean on behalf of Turkey, despite being located 5,000km from Greece. This has included Turkish jets being piloted by Pakistanis who violate Greek airspace.


It must also be recalled that Pakistan was the only country (along with Bangladesh) to recognize the self-styled illegal entity calling itself the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.” Although Islamabad eventually withdrew recognition of Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus as an independent state after significant pressure from the international community, it does demonstrate that Pakistan is willing to antagonize Greece and Cyprus for the sake of serving Turkish interests.


Greek and Indian ties are far deeper, richer and historical to only be viewed as a friendship of convenience to counter the collective threats posed by the Turkish-Pakistani expansionist axis. But there is no hiding that this must be one of the immediate and more critical components of this expanding relationship.


There is no doubt that in any future war India has with Pakistan, Turkey will be involved one way or another. Ankara has shown how it can utilize jihadists to achieve outcomes it wants, just as it did in Syria, Libya and against the indigenous Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh. With Pakistan being a hotbed for Islamic extremism, Turkish organization and knowhow can push jihadists in the region to unprecedented violence against India. This would be in addition to Turkish military advisers on the ground, as well as Turkish-assembled drones being used.


However, Greece’s intimate knowledge of the Turkish military apparatus would prove beneficial to India in neutralizing this additional threat to its sovereignty, and intelligence exchanges should be the pinnacle of Indian-Greek relations.


In addition, Greek seafaring has been unmatched for thousands of years, with the Greek Navy having never lost a battle since its modern formation in 1821. Greece also has the world’s largest mercantile shipping fleet in the world, far surpassing the Chinese. Greece can offer India knowhow into the shipping industry and building a competitive commercial fleet and port structures.


But more importantly, naval exercises, particularly in the East Mediterranean, must become a priority. This should not only be a show of unity and strength against a common adversary, but as an opportunity for the secrets of Greek seamanship to be shared with India. It must also be remembered that Greek pilots have won NATO’s “Best Warrior” awards in consecutive years.


Whereas Greece can improve Indian seamanship – military and commercial – as well as fighter jet pilot skills, India can offer Greece its own knowhow in the tech industry. In the past few months, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Microsoft, and a host of other foreign technological companies have decided to invest in Greece to take advantage of an economy waking up after more than a decade of austerity. Perhaps Indian companies like HCL should consider the brave move of expanding into Southeast European markets via Greece.


In fact, the opportunities for economic and technological cooperation are endless.


However, as emphasized, although the ties are deep and should not be merely a reaction to Turkish-Pakistani cooperation, this has to be the top priority. With reports that Ankara is recruiting foreign jihadists to fight in Kashmir and openly announcing it aims to annex Greek islands and maritime space, military cooperation needs to be prioritized.


Turkey through soft power initiatives, such as the production and broadcasting of serials like Ertuğrul that whip up viewers into a medieval Turkic conquering frenzy, has consolidated Pakistan’s Turkophilia. Although there is no reason why Turkey should be against India or Pakistan against Greece, the emergence of pan-Turkism has consumed Turkish and Pakistani society, thus creating the idea that they share common enemies and a common destiny to recreate a Turkic empire akin to the Ottomans or Mughals.


However, adopting backwards medieval ideas against modern and functioning states that have thousands of years of history and legacy is only bound to fail. Although the Ottomans and Mughals successfully cut the connections that Greek and Indian civilizations had with each other, the conveniences of modern technology and military might ensure that a disconnect can never happen again. This is to the detriment of those who want to territorially expand at the expense of Greek and Indian sovereignty.


Of the many virtues that the Greek people abide by, the most important is philotimo. Philotimo is loosely but not exactly translated as “love of honour.” Philotimo is essentially the Greek way of life and guides us on how to love our family and friends, and how to treat foreigners and strangers through respect, honourable behaviour and acts of kindness.


India, Greece is ready to share its philotimo with you, just as Alexander the Great had done over 2,300 years ago to become dear friends with King Porus and India.

 

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Building Greco-Indian relations: GCT participates in webinar discussing joint Roach-porky aggression :


Greek City Times Paul Antonopoulos participated in the webinar, giving a Vote of Thanks and Final Statement to the webinar, where it was emphasised that Greco-Indian relations stretch back 2,300 years back.

The full Vote of Thanks and Final Statement can be read here:

Ladies and Gentlemen, it gives me immense pleasure to deliver the Vote of Thanks for this highly engaging and highly critical webinar. Alexander the Great first arrived in the Indus Valley 2,300 years ago as a conqueror but left as a dear friend of King Porus. Nearly a thousand years before the concept of an England was conceptualised and nearly 2,000 years before the founding of the United States of America, Greeks and Indians had already gone to war, and then immediately become friends.


Although Greek philosopher Pythagoras is credited for the Pythagorean theory, Indians had known of this theorem at least 300 years earlier via the Shuba Sutra of Baudhayan. It is perhaps here that further defines the immensity of our civilizations – both capable of independently discovering, researching, philosophizing and theorizing revolutionary ideas and thoughts that are for the betterment of humanity. Our civilizations survived the test of times when others went into the pages of history permanently, such as the Babylonians.


I am sure that Alexander the Great and King Porus would be proud of the fact that the friendship between the Greek and Indian peoples, that they themselves built and established, is being continued 2,300 years later, and this webinar is a testament to that.


Unfortunately, instead of discussing ways to achieve prosperity for our countries through the exchange of capital, technology and education, we must prioritize our bilateral relations in the security field due to our respective countries bordering revisionist countries Turkey and Pakistan.


I would like to thank Andreas Mountzouroulias who was not only the first to open the discussion among our six highly distinguished speakers, but also highlighted the fact that Erdogan has neo-Ottoman dreams and that Greece needs a new dogma to counter Turkish aggression.


A special vote of thanks must also be extended to Dr. Vandana Mishra, whose short presentation today demonstrated to us why she is one of the top international relation professors in India. The professor explained to us how Erdogan is attempting to portray himself as the defender of Islam in this context, alongside Pakistan and Iran, and how this pose as a common threat to all our countries, especially in Kashmir. She also emphasized the importance that India and Greece continue building military ties, and how France should enter in a trilateral format. More importantly, she highlighted the absolute necessity that cultural ties between India and Greece must be strengthened.


I extend a very hearty vote of thanks to Emmanouil Fragkos, whose position in the European Parliament provided us all with a very unique perspective on how the hostilities against Greece and India by Turkey and Pakistan and their efforts on nuclear power. Unfortunately, he could not join us but left us an insightful video message.


Dr. John Nomikos has once again shown us why he is one of Greece’s top security analysts and we thank him for his time in appearing in today’s webinar. His highlighting that Turkish-Pakistani aggression has helped consolidate Greek and Indian relations as they are a national security threat was very insightful. He also suggested ways in which Greek and Indian relations can be improved through joint initiatives in the military sector and multilateral formats.


I give my vote of thanks to Sonam Mahajan. We could not have asked for a more concise and detailed final speaker and she certainly raised thought provoking ideas. Ms Mahajan highlighted that Turkey and Pakistan want to infiltrate our respective countries, and that unfortunately the EU has not done enough to support Greece against Turkish aggression in the East Mediterranean. She also highlighted that Turkey does not want to end its aggression, partially because of its declining economy.


As a final statement, we have a 2,300-year-old legacy that we must build, in respect of our civilizations and ancestors, and their achievements. We should not only pat ourselves on the back and say today’s seminar was good and what an excellent job we did, but we must use this opportunity to further build cross Greek-Indian relations through academic, journalistic, economic, military, technological and political exchanges.


Another important factor is that we no longer face a common threat from only joint Turkish-Pakistani aggression. We must remember that only last week Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan issued a joint statement claiming they will all collectively support each other’s regional issues – this means Pakistan against Kashmir, Turkey in Cyprus and the East Mediterranean, and Azerbaijan against the Armenians. Although we have done an excellent job in advancing bilateral relations between Greece and India today, the collective threat is much wider and in future exchanges we must also include our friends from Cyprus and Armenia.


Greece faces a Turkey that is bringing neo-Ottoman ambitions from the realm of theory to reality as its recent wars against Syria, Libya and the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh demonstrate.


Meanwhile, Pakistan and its expansionist ambitions to conquer Jammu and Kashmir, adopts the ideology of Neo-Mughalism, believing that they are the successors of Turkic conquerors rather than Islamified Indians.


It is of little wonder that both Pakistan and Turkey now have strong ties, and not based on economic cooperation and development to alleviate their permeating issues of poverty and economic crises, but to continue their goal of territorial expansionism at the expense of the indigenous peoples of Greece and India.


But they will not succeed.


I thank you all and wait with excitedness and anticipation to see what we can all do collectively to continue building Greek-Indian relations even deeper.


Bharat Mata Ki Jai
Zito H Hellas

See - https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/24/india-gct-webinar-turkish-pakistani/
 

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The Greek Foreign Ministry describes the Indian-Greek friendship as “excellent, with relations being multifaceted, harmonious and warm, as the two peoples are linked by close ties of friendship and mutual cooperation, and represent ancient cultures.”

See - https://www.mfa.gr/en/greece-bilateral-relations/india/india.html
 

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Greece could be our partner in Europe not just based on our past but future threat.

Let's be honest if they had won against Indian kings then we would have ended up as literal slave .

Though today Roaches and Porks are our common enemy infact France is on their hit list too.
 

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Prime Minister Modi Thanks Greece For Assisting India In Transferring Rafale Fighter Jets - Greek City Times

Three French-made Rafale fighter jets arrived in India after being refuelled over Greece with assistance from Emirati Airbus KC-30A MRTT, and then once again in the United Arab Emirates when en route to their final destination.


Modi thanked France, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Greece for their role in producing and/or assisting in the transfer for the powerful fighter jets to India.

 

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Greek F-16 pilots face Pakistani pilots over Aegean Sea, Israeli think tank reports

Since these evil countries behave like this,
Greece's historical ally India should also come here, asap
Come where ?

India has no direct role to play over there... Greece got support of European allies and USA. They just need to stand firm and occasionally kick out Turks from here and there and assert their position.

Greece and India needs their direct trade link to benefit each other which UK has made sure ( by creating Porks in between India and Europe) never happen.

They always knew Greece and India will again rise as formidable power. So this is how they are taming Europe and India.
 

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India confers its highest civilian award on Greek academic | Neos Kosmos


The Embassy of India in Athens awarded its highest civilian honour, the prestigious Padma Shri Award, to noted Greek Indologist Professor Nicholas Kazanas for his distinguished service in literature and education on India’s Republic Day, 26 January.


Prof Kazanas was conferred with the award by the Ambassador of India to Greece, Amrit Lugun, in a small ceremony at the embassy in Athens that was also attended by Greek Indology academics Dimitrios Vassiliadis, Pavlos Kavouras and Leda Santala.

 

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On 13 January, 2021 the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Turkey held an official meeting in Islamabad. The conclusions of the trilateral meeting have been summarised in the Islamabad Declaration, where the three officials expressed their intention to support and protect Muslim minorities worldwide and strengthen their overall cooperation, especially in sensitive sectors like a mutual strategy to tackle regional and international terrorism. Of course, the Indian-Pakistani Kashmir dispute, alongside the Greek-Turkish regional antagonism in the Eastern Mediterranean, were on the agenda.

Erdogan stated that the two countries are "moving a historical brotherhood one step further" and said that they are ready to mutually face regional challenges, alluding to India and Greece. 😂😅
 
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On 13 January, 2021 the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Turkey held an official meeting in Islamabad. The conclusions of the trilateral meeting have been summarised in the Islamabad Declaration, where the three officials expressed their intention to support and protect Muslim minorities worldwide and strengthen their overall cooperation, especially in sensitive sectors like a mutual strategy to tackle regional and international terrorism. Of course, the Indian-Pakistani Kashmir dispute, alongside the Greek-Turkish regional antagonism in the Eastern Mediterranean, were on the agenda.
Alhamdulilah, Kashmir banega Pakistan!!
 

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Greece expresses solidarity with India over Uttarakhand glacier disaster | Kathimerini

Greece’s Foreign Ministry said it was “deeply saddened” by the disaster in the state of Uttarakhand, India, after a piece of Himalayan glacier collapsed into a river on Sunday, triggering a flood that killed at least 18 people, while hundreds were missing.

 

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President Erdogan afraid of Friendship Forum created to ensure peace in the Mediterranean, the Gulf

New Delhi:
A recent development in Athens is believed to bring a paradigm shift in shaping the geopolitics of the Mediterranean and the Gulf regions. On 11th February, the meeting of the ‘Philia Forum’ (meaning ‘Friendship Forum’ in Greek) took place in Athens. The platform brought together six countries, represented by their Foreign Ministers and included Greece, Cyprus, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian participated in the meeting through video conferencing as an observer.

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A couple of social media influencers have highlighted that a social media campaign was launched in Greece and Cyprus for the inclusion of India, Syria and France as full-time members of the forum to jointly tackle the threats of aggression and radicalisation posed by Turkey. France has already joined the meeting and observers believe that it would soon join it as a full-time member. Similarly, Syria is also considering the possibilities of joining the alliance. .

Greece has been expressing its wishes to cooperate on military and maritime security fronts. Observers highlighted that some kind of commotion searing the Philia Forum has started to take place in the Indian policy circles as well.


Given the brazen anti-India moves made by Turkey and the unanimous support given to Pakistani government and terrorists sponsored by it, India might very soon start working on assessing the possibilities of joining the Forum.


Several countries in the region have been expressing their desire to collaborate with India on the maritime front. However, these demands intensified after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the heads of Greece, Cyprus and Armenia on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September 2019. The leaders of the three countries, through their statements, have been expressing optimism to cooperate with India in fighting the Caliphate project.


Citing above references, observers have argued that India, in all probability, could join the forum. The only thing that one would need to see is whether India joins it as a full-time member or just as an observer.


Experts believe that in order to fulfil the Caliphate aspirations,
Erdogan is in a hurry to expand his presence in the region and also wants to dethrone Saudi Arabia as the leader of the Muslim Ummah. The desperation of Erdogan and uncalculated moves made by him has gained him more foes than friends as countries all over the world are rising up to his aggression and it is believed that the handful of countries aligning with Turkey, including Pakistan and Malaysia, would also face the heat of such global coalitions. They further believe that in case India joins the forum, it can collectively counter the Caliphate project as well as radicalisation at large, by side-lining both the countries from the global fraternity.
 

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Greece and India needs their direct trade link to benefit each other which UK has made sure ( by creating Porks in between India and Europe) never happen.
Are you sure about this?
Last time I check, Pakistan itself is 4000km away from Greece.
Even you consider Turkmenistan as Europe, you still have Afgan between India and "Europe".
 

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Pakistan, Turkey waging information war against India: Report
Athens [Greek], February 19 (ANI): Pakistan and Turkey are part of an information war launched against New Delhi to create political instability and unite anti-India forces within the country and across the world, according to a report.
Writing for the Greek City Times, Paul Antonopoulos has analysed the recent Disinfo Lab report titled 'The Unending War: From Proxy War to Info-War".
Antonopoulos has expressed shock at how that Islamabad has now roped in Turkey to combine the Khalistani and Pakistani projects to help each other and support the information warfare.
The report has exposed the K-2 (Kashmir-Khalistan) plan by the Pakistani intelligence agency -- ISI to bleed India. It also highlights that information warfare is a key part of the game plan and is led by Pieter Friedrich who runs a group by the name of Organization for Indian Minorities (OFIM).
A case study in the report documents how global warfare is being waged against India in the realm of perception management. It also documents that the methods have changed - from proxy war to info-war.
According to the report, this elaborate design and planning that is underway since 2007, is driven by a singular motive - to target India's interests.
This is being attempted in four major ways: "Targeting idea of India - non-violence and Mahatma Gandhi - replacing it with an alternate image of 'fascist India'; targeting India's territorial integrity - working towards K-2 design; targeting India's interests abroad by working against Indian origin American politicians; and whitewashing Pakistan's sins - clean chit to Pakistan (ISI) in Kabul Gurudwara Bombings and questioning Pulwama attack."
In a detailed report, the Greek City Times has unearthed how Turkey has been an "integral part of this warfare" and has been aiding Pakistan in its disinformation campaign against New Delhi's interests.
The report has a list of media and social media amplifiers, which includes who's who amongst social media luminaries. Not surprisingly, a lion's share in OFMI and Pieter's promotion come from Pakistan, from Cabinet Minister to Influencers and Media.
Besides this, one of the most prominent names revealed in the report who has been promoting Pieter Friedrich's propaganda as an 'amplifier,' is Constantinople based propagandist Ali Keskin.
According to the sources cited by Greek City Times, Keskin is the key figure responsible for collaboration between the Pakistani ISI and the Turkish intelligence agency (MIT) on information warfare. A review of the Keskin's Twitter feed indicates that he has peddled hundreds of propaganda content against Greece, UAE, Israel and France.

"Several investigations by news organisations have revealed that disgruntled with the emerging India-UAE ties, Ali Keskin, with the help of his amplifiers in Pakistan, began a hashtag #BoycottUAE, which became a top trending hashtag within a couple of minutes," the Greek City Times report said.
"Geopolitical experts believe that countries like Greece, India, the UAE and France shall come together to hit hard on the nexus so that it ceases to be a threat," Antonopoulos wrote.
He further stressed that these countries should collectively urge the new US administration to ensure that the United States is not used for the activities of extremist and anti-state actors that could jeopardise peace across the world. (ANI)




 

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President Erdogan afraid of Friendship Forum created to ensure peace in the Mediterranean, the Gulf

New Delhi:
A recent development in Athens is believed to bring a paradigm shift in shaping the geopolitics of the Mediterranean and the Gulf regions. On 11th February, the meeting of the ‘Philia Forum’ (meaning ‘Friendship Forum’ in Greek) took place in Athens. The platform brought together six countries, represented by their Foreign Ministers and included Greece, Cyprus, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian participated in the meeting through video conferencing as an observer.

................
A couple of social media influencers have highlighted that a social media campaign was launched in Greece and Cyprus for the inclusion of India, Syria and France as full-time members of the forum to jointly tackle the threats of aggression and radicalisation posed by Turkey. France has already joined the meeting and observers believe that it would soon join it as a full-time member. Similarly, Syria is also considering the possibilities of joining the alliance. .

Greece has been expressing its wishes to cooperate on military and maritime security fronts. Observers highlighted that some kind of commotion searing the Philia Forum has started to take place in the Indian policy circles as well.


Given the brazen anti-India moves made by Turkey and the unanimous support given to Pakistani government and terrorists sponsored by it, India might very soon start working on assessing the possibilities of joining the Forum.


Several countries in the region have been expressing their desire to collaborate with India on the maritime front. However, these demands intensified after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the heads of Greece, Cyprus and Armenia on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in September 2019. The leaders of the three countries, through their statements, have been expressing optimism to cooperate with India in fighting the Caliphate project.


Citing above references, observers have argued that India, in all probability, could join the forum. The only thing that one would need to see is whether India joins it as a full-time member or just as an observer.


Experts believe that in order to fulfil the Caliphate aspirations,
Erdogan is in a hurry to expand his presence in the region and also wants to dethrone Saudi Arabia as the leader of the Muslim Ummah. The desperation of Erdogan and uncalculated moves made by him has gained him more foes than friends as countries all over the world are rising up to his aggression and it is believed that the handful of countries aligning with Turkey, including Pakistan and Malaysia, would also face the heat of such global coalitions. They further believe that in case India joins the forum, it can collectively counter the Caliphate project as well as radicalisation at large, by side-lining both the countries from the global fraternity.
Why aren't we stepping up military to military ties with the Hellenics? Send the Indian Navy and the Tejas to Greece. The Greeks have F-16's, conduct aerial exercises with them. If the Turks want a dick-measuring contest, they should know we can give it back to them.
 

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Why aren't we stepping up military to military ties with the Hellenics? Send the Indian Navy and the Tejas to Greece. The Greeks have F-16's, conduct aerial exercises with them. If the Turks want a dick-measuring contest, they should know we can give it back to them.
I was thinking that too...High time we did military exercise together with Greece! May be we are working the finer details of it..
Greece is a great civilization..
we should give turkey the 1914 once again! erdog needs to be put down.
 

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