Ancient civilisations flex their soft power in Greece
The upcoming Forum of Ancient Civilizations conference, hosted by Greece, will bring together countries with some of the world's oldest cultures to find ways of exercising soft power across the world, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said Friday.
The two-day conference is due to take place in the Greek capital of Athens on Sunday and will feature representatives from China, India, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Bolivia as well as Greece. These states descended from civilizations such as Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, the Chinese empire, Persia and the Incas. Sunday's conference will become the forum's inaugural event.
"On Sunday, the meeting of states with a long history of civilization starts. It is relevant today and impacts humanity via 'soft power' and economic influence. Initiated by Greece and supported by China, we have organized the meeting of 10 countries with a significant historic cultural baggage… 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 at a press conference held in the run up to the event" (Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias)