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Deputy FM Kassimis visits Argentina

Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis concluded his visit to Latin America and signed an agreement on scientific and technological cooperation between Greece and Argentina with his counterpart, Victorio Taccetti, at the Argentine Foreign Ministry in Buenos Aires.

Given the very good relations between Greece and Argentina in the political and economic sector, the two ministers discussed the global financial situation and relations of Argentina and other Latin American countries with the European Union, which these countries wish to strengthen.

Particular emphasis was given to the strengthening of the two countries’ economic relations.

Kassimis said that there are many opportunities for new investments in both countries. The two countries could be used as the basis, he said, for investments in the regions of their geographical influence: i.e., the Balkans, the Caucasus countries and southern Russia for Argentine investments through our country, and southern American countries for Greek investments through Argentina.

The upcoming visit next spring of President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias, who will be accompanied by a business delegation, creates great hopes in this direction and is highly awaited, as Taccetti stated.

The last day of Kassimis’ tour to Latin America began with a visit to the seat of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and South America, where he was received by Metropolitan Tarasios (Anton), who accompanied the minister to the “Athinagoras” High School operating under the auspices of the Archdiocese. There are 250 pupils at the school, more than half of which are not of Greek origin.

“The heart of Greece beats here. [These children] are studying, singing and dancing and long for Greece, which you represent here today,” stated Metropolitan Tarasios underlining the importance of the deputy foreign minister’s visit.

“You make us feel that Greece is everywhere. You are Greek to us, because you carry a big part of Greece in you,” said Kassimis to the pupils.

The deputy FM also met with the Presidents of the Greek communities of Argentina and exchanged views with them on the future of Greeks living in Argentina. He also met with the relatives of Greek citizens and persons of Greek-origin that went missing during the military dictatorship in Argentina.

Source: Foreign Ministry of Greece

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Voices & visions Melbourne, 09.02.2012