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The founding convention of the SAE former Soviet Union countries Region Youth Network held in the Russian city of Rostov was successfully completed last night. The convention attended a total of 77 young expatriates from all the former Soviet Union countries with concrete Greek presence.

Issues concerning the improvement of the available Greek education, the spread of the Greek culture and the preservation of Hellenism that keeps the love for the historical homeland alive, dominated in the presentations made by the young expatriates who responded to SAE’s invitation with great enthusiasm.

“Patriotism is not a utopia,” was the message conveyed to the young delegates by Regional Coordinator and member of the Russian Duma Ivan Savvidis. “Love for the homeland and supporting Orthodoxy is everyone’s duty. We ask of you to outdo us,” he stressed.

On his part, SAE President Stefanos Tamvakis referred to the efforts made by SAE aimed at the multifaceted development of the youth movement of Greeks abroad and to the special youth programmes drawn up by the organization. “You are the present and the future of world Hellenism and a guarantee that the Greek identity will be preserved in every corner of the earth,” Tamvakis stressed, among others, pointing out that with the backing of the Greek State the shared intention is to support the modern identity of young expatriates.

General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad General Director Ioannis Kyparissidis conveying a message by Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis, in an emotionally charged atmosphere, called on the young expatriates to intensify efforts and embrace Greece.

The convention was addressed by Greek MPs Giannelis Theodosiadis and Vasilis Geranidis who conveyed a message by Hellenic Parliament President Dimitris Sioufas and the parliamentary Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad.

A message by Thessaloniki Prefect Panagiotis Psomiadis was conveyed by Christina Kelesidou, President of the Center of Studies and Development of the Greek Culture of the Black Sea.

The convention was completed late in the evening with the election of a 7-member Coordinating Council made up of two representatives from Russia, two from Ukraine, one from Belarus, one from Kazakhstan and one from Georgia.

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