ANA-MPA — “For one day, we are all Greeks,” U.S. President Barack Obama told an event held at the White House on Friday to commemorate the Greek Independence Day of March 25, 1821, also stressing that “Greece and the United States stand side by side as partners and allies.”
President Obama emphasized the profound impact Greek-Americans had in the American nation, and referred specifically to the Greek communities of Tarpon Springs (Florida) and Chicago. He closed his brief address by exclaiming in Greek “Long live Greece!”
Opening the event, Vice President Joe Biden, who had called Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras the day before the celebration “to congratulate Greece,” said that he welcomed Greece’s continued economic progress as the government carries out its reforms, and pledged enduring U.S. support for returning Greece to economic growth and prosperity. VP Biden also expressed his support for the reopening of the Theological School of Halki
Archbishop Demetrios of America thanked President Obama for the hospitality and great honour to the Orthodox Greek-American community, and spoke of the “common values” uniting Greeks and Americans.
In the event, held for the 28th consecutive year, Greece was represented by Culture and Sports Minister Panos Panayiotopoulos, Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and Greek Ambassador to Washington Christos Panayopoulos.
A private meeting was held before the start of the event between President Obama, VP Biden and Archbishop Demetrios, in the White House’s Green Room.
Greece and China will launch a task force to strengthen the tourism ties between the two countries; it was decided on 17 February in Athens during a meeting between Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and the new Chinese Ambassador to Athens Zou Xiaoli.
During the meeting, it was agreed to organize a Greek-Chinese Syposium on tourism issues in Athens this year with representatives of the tourism sector from both countries.
The visa requirements of Chinese citizens wanting to travel to Greece were discussed. The Greek tourism minister referred to actions launched by Greece to simplify the entry procedures for citizens from third countries.
In regards to the language barrier, Mrs. Kefalogianni informed that spcial signs in the Chinese language were planned to be installed in specific tourism sites in Greece. The certification of tour guides for Chinese tourists was also discussed.
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Location: Peloponnese, Argolida, Epidavros
Price: 1 500 000 EURO, Price negotiating is possible
Available from: 01.11.2013
Property Type: Rare and Unique
Year built: 2004
Number of bedrooms: 8
Number of bathrooms: 8
Garage: 4 cars
Living space: 410 m.2.
The area of the land/lot: 6000 m.2.
Floor Number: 1 Floor
Floors total: 2 floors
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The following is available in the neighbourhood: Αγορές/Restaurants
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Maintenance Charges: No