Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos stressed the importance and the value of the Dialogue of Civilizations for a peaceful and creative coexistence of the peoples, during his speech at the conference on the Dialogue of Asian Cultures, held within the framework of his official visit to China.

Mr Pavlopoulos praised the initiative of the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, to organize this conference, noting that it is a real contribution to the consolidation of world peace, and stressed that respect for diversity means respect for democracy, the rule of law and culture.

“Every real civilization focuses on the human being. As a result, the starting point is the respect for human diversity, without deductions and compromises. This is because, as the highest example of humanism, the respect for diversity means respect for democracy and culture. On this basis, the respect for human diversity becomes a fundamental goal of democracy and civilization,” the President underlined.

Mr. Pavlopoulos also expressed his deep emotions for being in the country of an ancient civilization, which holds a prominent position in the pantheon of the world cultural heritage.