H.E. Mr Dimitrios PARASKEVOPOULOS was accompanied for the occasion by M. Panayotis TOULIATOS, Honorary Consul of the Hellenic Republic to Monaco. After being welcomed in the Cour d'Honneur of the Palace by the Company of Carabinieri guard of honour under the command of Colonel Yannick Bersihand, Senior Commander of the Police Force, Ambassador Dimitrios PARASKEVOPOULOS was taken to the Hall of Mirrors by H.S.H the Prince's Chamberlain, Colonel Luc Fringant, with M. Panayotis TOULIATOS.
H.E. Mr Dimitrios PARASKEVOPOULOS then proceeded to present his Credentials to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince who was accompanied by the Secretary of State, Mr Jacques Boisson, Head of H.S.H the Prince's Government, Mr Georges Lisimachio and Mrs Mireille Pettiti, General Director of External Relations Department. After the ceremony, H.S.H the Prince held a private audience with the Ambassador in the family drawing room.
The Hellenic Republic becomes the fifty-third foreign power accredited to the Principality of Monaco. Consular relations between Monaco and Greece have existed since 10 October 1895.
Several commitments bring both states together as the environmental protection, and specially, the ones of the Mediterranean sea. Monaco and Greece also are members of the International Organization of the French-speaking World, members of ACCOBAMS, are part of the Union of the Mediterranean and actively acting in the fight against aids. On humanitarian level, Greece is supporting Monaco's candidature to the Executive Counsel of UNESCO.