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Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias convened a meeting of the Ancient Civilizations Forum; also known as GC-10, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
The meeting was a follow-up to the inaugural gathering in April that led to the Athens Declaration for the establishment of the forum.
The Forum seeks to promote cooperation and exchange among countries and global institutions, to protect the cultural heritage of ancient civilizations.
Culture and civilization are a form of “smart power in the modern world”, said Nikos Kotzias.
The forum was an initiative of Nikos Kotzias with support from his Chinese counterpart Mr. Wang Yi. Ministers, government representatives and scholars from Greece, China, India, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Italy, Mexico, Peru and Bolivia, attended the forum.
Earlier in the year at the Athens meeting, Greek PM Alexis Tsipras stressed the common responsibility to make use of our past for the benefit of the new generations as well as the importance of international co-operation against those who want to sink humanity into hatred.