Petros Molyviatis

Petros Molyviatis
Πέτρος Μολυβιάτης
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
28 August 2015  23 September 2015
Prime Minister Vassiliki Thanou-Christophilou
Preceded by Nikos Kotzias
Succeeded by Nikos Kotzias
In office
17 May 2012  21 June 2012
Prime Minister Panagiotis Pikrammenos
Preceded by Stavros Dimas
Succeeded by Dimitris Avramopoulos
In office
10 March 2004  15 February 2006
Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis
Preceded by Tassos Yiannitsis
Succeeded by Dora Bakoyannis
Personal details
Born (1928-06-12) 12 June 1928
Chios, Greece
Political party New Democracy
Alma mater University of Athens

Petros G. Molyviatis (Greek: Πέτρος Γ. Μολυβιάτης; born 12 June 1928) is a Greek politician and diplomat who, since 28 August 2015, has been the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the caretaker cabinet of Vassiliki Thanou-Christophilou.[1] He had previously served as Minister for Foreign Affairs from 17 May to 21 June 2012 in the caretaker cabinet of Panagiotis Pikrammenos, and from 10 March 2004 to 15 February 2006 in the first cabinet of Kostas Karamanlis.[2]

Early life and education

Born in Chios, he studied Law at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and entered the Greek Foreign Ministry after graduation.


As a career diplomat, he served in the Permanent Delegation of Greece to the United Nations in New York and NATO in Brussels. He also served in the Greek embassies in Moscow, Pretoria and Ankara. From 1974 to 1980, Molyviatis was diplomatic advisor and director general of the political cabinet of Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis. During the terms of office of Constantine Karamanlis as Greek president from 1980 to 1985 and 1990 to 1995, he was secretary general of the Presidential office.[3]

In the 1996 and 2000 legislative elections he was elected a member of the Greek parliament for the New Democracy party. He was appointed Greek Foreign Minister in May 2004 following the victory of New Democracy party in the legislative election of 7 March 2004.[3] As Minister for Foreign Affairs, Molyviatis was a signatory to the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, which was never fully ratified and never entered into force.[4]

His name was mentioned as a potential candidate for prime minister of Greece of the coalition government decided between government and opposition in November 2011.

From 17 May to 21 June 2012, he served again as Minister for Foreign Affairs in the caretaker cabinet of Panagiotis Pikrammenos. Molyviatis was again appointed, on 28 August 2015, as an interim Minister for Foreign Affairs in the caretaker cabinet of Vassiliki Thanou-Christophilou.[3]

Personal life

He speaks English and French. He is chairman of the Konstantinos Karamanlis Foundation. He is married and has one daughter and one son.[3]


  1. "Greece's caretaker government sworn in with first female prime minister". The Guardian. Associated Press in Athens. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  2. Remarks With Greek Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis After Meeting. U.S. Department of State, 24 March 2005. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Petros G. Molyviatis". Hellenic Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  4. Wikisource link to Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe/Preamble. Wikisource. 2004.
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Political offices
Preceded by
Tassos Yiannitsis
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Dora Bakoyannis
Preceded by
Stavros Dimas
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Dimitris Avramopoulos
Preceded by
Nikos Kotzias
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Nikos Kotzias
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