Kotzias referred to his guest as “His Excellency, the foreign minister of Palestine,” while giving a press conference and also gave his promise to create a “Friends of Palestine” group in the European Union.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday used the term  “State of Palestine” in a tweet referring to his meeting with al-Maliki. The tweet was deleted a few hours after it was posted and later replaced with a similar tweet that omitted the word "State" but referred to “Palestine.” Tsipras’s diplomatic adviser later called the Israeli embassy in Athens and apologized for the use of the term “State of Palestine.”