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Greece to gain soft power through the Ancient Civilizations Forum

The first Ministerial Conference of the states of the “Ancient Civilizations Forum” -AC Forum, more widely known as the GC10 – will take place in Athens on 24 April, with the participation of the ten countries that comprise this specific initiative.  The Forum is a cultural initiative among countries from different geographical regions that are cradles of ancient civilizations, with the aim to exercise soft power and economic power. The meeting marks the official establishment of the Forum and takes place at the joint invitation of Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

The Ancient Civilizations Forum will be attended by ten countries that represent major ancient civilizations: Greece, China, Bolivia, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico and Peru. Organizers have received requests by at least four more countries that want to join the GC10.

The upcoming Forum of Ancient Civilizations conference will bring together countries with some of the world’s oldest cultures to find ways of exercising soft power and economic power across the world, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said Friday.

“We will discuss how we can use the possibilities offered by cultural cooperation for the good of the world and of our peoples,” Kotzias said.

“We have the chance to make it [the forum] an important institution and show that international and global institutions need soft power, which is increasingly dominant, rather than hard force or economic pressure,” the Greek foreign Minister stressed.

In foreign Ministry statement said that through shaping a broad and multifaceted positive agenda of joint actions of the ten states, the Ancient Civilizations Forum aims to transform culture into a source of soft power and a fundamental tool of a modern and multidimensional foreign policy. Another aim of the Forum is to highlight the international cultural cooperation as a factor for economic development.

The first Ministerial Conference of the Ancient Civilizations Forum will take place in Athens, at the Zappeion Megaron. Participants will enjoy also a guided tour through the Acropolis.

The GC10 group initiative was unveiled in late 2015 by the Greek Foreign Ministry. The “group of ten” of the world’s greatest civilizations is home to almost half of the world’s population.

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