Greece joins the International Solar Alliance

Greece has become an official signatory to the International Solar Alliance (ISA) that is led by India.

As foreign minister S Jaishankar met his Greek counterpart Nikon Dendias in a bilateral visit that happened after 18 years, the two leaders discussed “geo-political and geo-economic realities, including the Indo-Pacific”. 

An official statement said that the two countries acknowledged “the convergence of each others’ vision for a free, open, inclusive, and cooperative Indo-Pacific ensuring connectivity and growth for the region.”

This is a significant outcome from India’s perspective, as Greece has been perceived to be a great ally of China and has even allowed China to operate the strategically located Piraeus port. 

“The Greek Foreign Minister has signed and handed over the Agreement on the International Solar Alliance (ISA) to the Indian side,” read the statement released after the meeting between Jaishankar and Dendias.

Jaishankar welcomed Greece to the family of the ISA and both sides agreed that the arrangement will assist the two countries in realising the energy goals set by the respective governments to make renewable energy a significant part of the energy supply said a joint statement.

ISA is the initiative that was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on 30th November 2015. It is a group of 120 nations lying within the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn that has agreed to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all. It is the alliance of the nations that receive sunshine for more than 300 days and aims to increase renewable energy sustainability by 2030.

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