“Mutually beneficial” were characterized the relations between the Greek State and SAE by its President Stefanos Tamvakis addressing the 2nd SAE Africa/Near-Middle East Regional Convention that opened last Friday and will be completed tomorrow in Alexandria, Egypt.
Tamvakis thanked Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis, responsible for Greeks Abroad, and his predecessor Grigoris Niotis for supporting the work of SAE.
The SAE President also referred to the need for the organization to become financially independent.
Addressing the Greek Parliament representatives present, Tamvakis stated that the conclusions that concern the Greek expatriates in the Region will be forwarded to the responsible bodies to proceed with the solution of pending problems.
Referring to the new initiatives undertaken by SAE, Tamvakis mentioned the proposal on expatriate athletic games to be launched most likely next year following approval by the competent parliamentary committee.
As regards the voting rights of the Greeks abroad, the SAE president stated that this is a firm demand of the Greek expatriates and called for a “golden mean” to be found allowing the Greeks living abroad to be represented in the Greek Parliament.