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The 2nd Regional Convention of SAE Africa/Near-Middle East that opened in Alexandria yesterday evening focused on the future of the Greek expatriates in the Region. The convention attend roughly 100 delegates representing communities, scientists, young people, women’s organizations, the Church, Greek MPs and the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad.

Welcoming the participants, SAE Africa/Near-Middle East Regional Coordinator Charis Gouvelis expressed joy for the new course SAE Africa/Near-Middle East is following making its way through challenges concerning the future.

Bishop Gabriel, representing Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria, expressed satisfaction watching SAE become better organized and stronger, while always being on the side of the Greek expatriates.

Four Greek MPs were present in the convention, Parthena Fountoukidou (ND), representing Parliamentary Permanent Committee on Greeks Abroad President Nikolaos Tsiartsionis, the 1st vice-president of the committee Grigoris Niotis (PASOK), 2nd vice-president Nikolaos Gatzis (KKE), and committee secretary Tasos Kourakis (SYRIZA).

Referring to the crucial issue of the voting rights of the Greeks abroad, Fountoukidou stressed that all political parties in Greece work on the issue and expressed certainty that after 2011 Greek expatriates will have their own voice in parliament.

Addressing the delegates, Greek Community of Alexandria President Charalambos Katsimbris stressed that the problems and issues faced by the Greeks of Diaspora are many.

Greek Community of Cairo General Secretary Nikolas Politis expressed the wish that the convention will yield tangible results that will strengthen the Greek expatriate presence.

The convention also addressed Greece’s Consul General to Alexandria Georgios Diakofotakis, General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad Director Thodoros Dimadis, and Greek-Egyptian Friendship President and Patriarchate of Alexandria Great Archon Spyridon Kamalakis.

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