The repatriation of the last three Greek sailors, members of the crew of two Greek-owned ships held in Djibouti for seven months, has been completed due to financial problems of the management company against the authorities of Djibouti.
Greek sailors flew from Djibouti to Nevsehir, southeastern Turkey, yesterday, where they were received by representatives of the Greek Embassy in Ankara.
With the care of the Embassy and services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they moved by road to the border crossing in the Gardens of Evros and then to their relatives in Greece.
The three sailors were released after returning to Greece after months of coordinated efforts by the Ministries of Maritime and Foreign Affairs and targeted interventions, both bilaterally and within the framework of the relevant international organizations.
Both the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy, Mr. Giannis Plakiotakis, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Nikos Dendias, with their constant contacts and letters to their counterparts, sensitized all those involved and addressed appeals to resolve the issue that had arisen.
At the same time, the Greek Embassy in Addis Ababa was mobilized from the first moment, as well as the Honorary Consul of Greece and the EU Delegation in Djibouti. In addition, the French Embassy in Djibouti has shown interest, while the immediate response of the Turkish authorities involved, including the Turkish Embassy in Djibouti, has been significant in recent days.
It should be noted that the actions of the Greek side resulted in the release in the previous months of the other two Greek sailors, out of the five in total who remained on the ships.
The Minister of Maritime Affairs and Insular Policy Giannis Plakiotakis and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias expressed their special satisfaction for the positive outcome of the case, which lasted about seven months.
Mr. Plakiotakis expressed his joy and satisfaction for the happy ending of the adventure of the three Greek sailors, emphasizing that "at no time did the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Maritime Affairs abandon their coordinated efforts to repatriate the Greek sailors."
For his part, Mr. Dendias stressed his satisfaction with the fact that "the adventure of the three Greek sailors has come to a happy end, thanks to the excellent cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the Ministry of Maritime Affairs."
He also thanked his counterpart, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Djibouti, for responding to his letter, the Government, and the European Authorities in Djibouti fifteen days ago.