With reference to excerpts of the Greek Alternate Foreign Minister’s interview to The Hindu (“‘Demonetisation is a draconian move’,” Nov.26), the Embassy of Greece wishes to declare that some comments by the Alternate Minister concerning recent monetary measures by the Indian government have been presented out of context and thus led to an oversimplification of their meaning.

The Minister was referring to European practices and has explicitly stated that he does not want to make judgment on internal affairs of which he does not have in-depth knowledge.

Panos Kalogeropoulos, Ambassador, Embassy of Greece New Delhi


Suhasini Haidar, who interviewed the Greek Minister, responds:

The clarification of the interview given by the Greek Minister Katrougalos comes from the Ambassador, who was present in the room at the time of the interview. The minister used the word "draconian" not once, but twice, on record and on tape, and there was no attempt at the time by the Ambassador to clarify a different meaning for the word than is generally understood. 

In his letter, the Ambassador does not deny the substance of the interview, instead using the word "oversimplification", which is subjective. He also uses the words "quoted out of context", which is hard to understand given that the minister was responding to a direct question on demonetisation in India, and was quoted as such. Finally, the Ambassadors statement that the Minister said  that he didn't want to comment on a matter he doesn't know about is correct. However, the minister did comment, and that is a matter of indisputable record.

The Q&A of the interview can be accessed here. The story based on the interview is here.

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