Члены Конгресса США призывают Tillerson занять твердую позицию на угрозы со стороны Турции в отношении кипрской ИЭЗ

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Thirty-six members of the US House of Representatives encouraged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to continue the active engagement by the State Department in the Eastern Mediterranean, including against Turkish threats concerning the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

In a letter, the Representatives urged Tillerson to maintain a strong stance against rhetoric and provocations that threaten the spirit of cooperation and progress that has emerged in the region in recent years.
Июля 13 energy giant Total is scheduled to begin exploratory drilling off Cyprus.

“We are writing to encourage continued active engagement by the State Department in the Eastern Mediterranean, and in particular to urge a strong stance against rhetoric and provocations that threaten the spirit of cooperation and progress that has emerged in the region in recent years,” the letter said.

“The burgeoning ties between Cyprus, Greece and Israel should be of particular importance to the United States. Beyond sharing democratic values, the three countries are increasingly collaborating in energy, counterterrorism, and tourism — fields that can contribute to European energy independence, promote economic stability in southern Europe and the Middle East, and help counter regional extremism and terrorism,” they added.

Israel’s partnerships with Greece and Cyprus, он сказал, ensure the security of Israel’s Mediterranean border. “Israel’s strategic depth has always been a challenge, even more so now while the region is experiencing deteriorating security. Greece and Cyprus allow the Israeli Air Force to conduct exercises over their territory. The three countries exchange intelligence and have conducted search and rescue missions together. Greece and Cyprus are only the second and third countries, after the US, with which Israel has signed a ‘status of forces agreement.’”.

Futhermore, they note that cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean has the power to create partnerships where there was once conflict.

“Energy collaboration has facilitated and furthered important regional conversations. Consistent high-level contacts and trilateral summits involve other regional stakeholders including the EU, Италия, Egypt and Lebanon, providing opportunities for diplomatic engagement between these nations — engagement that otherwise might not occur,", Сказал он.

“Further, these new energy sources promise to allow key US allies and partners to decrease their energy dependence on suppliers like Russia and Iran”.

It is vital, они сказали,, “that the State Department continue active engagement in the region — not just for the benefit of the US and Israel — but because the cooperation facilitated by natural gas finds is not without challenges. Турция, which stands to benefit greatly from energy exploration, repeatedly violates Greece’s air and sea territory and has issued numerous threats against the continued exploration in and exploitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus. Cyprus’ EEZ is safeguarded under international law and has been consistently supported by the United States government. There is also a long-standing dispute over which nation controls a maritime area off the coast of the Israel-Lebanon border”.

“With so much progress and potential at stake, we urge you to publicly reaffirm the commitment of the United States to support energy exploration and exploitation in the Eastern Mediterranean in a manner consistent with long-standing US policy. Далее, we look forward to the ongoing engagement of the State Department in facilitating and supporting diplomatic, military and economic cooperation among allies in the region,” they concluded.

This letter is the latest product of the partnership between the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC). HALC and AJC worked with the Congressional Hellenic Israel Alliance (CHIA) caucus and its two chairmen – Gus Bilirakis and Ted Deutch – launched the letter in time for the back to back conferences of the AJC and PSEKA.

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The Guardian: Греция получить 30 миллионов туристов!

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Greece is expected to receive almost 10 times its population in holidaymakers for 2017, according to Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura, who addressed the Panhellenic Exporters’ Association last week. British media outlet “The Guardian” focused on the boom in tourism, which is the debt-stricken country’s life jacket in the years of the economic crisis.

From the Guardian:

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Up high, above the hills of Arcadia, historic Dimitsana is on a roll. Its hotels are brimming, its cafes are full, and its footpaths and monasteries lure busloads of tourists decanted daily from other parts of the Peloponnese.
Either side of the main road that splits the mountain village – in a world far removed from talk of emergency bailout funds, international stewardship and gruelling austerity – Greeks are hard at work, running boutique guesthouses, eateries and bars in the stone mansions that line Dimitsana’s cobbled streets.
“Business is very good,” says Labis Baxevanos, the village’s deputy mayor, who owns a patisserie along the strip. “So good that a lot of younger couples have come to work here since the country’s economic crisis began.”
Debt-stricken Greece is braced for a record-breaking 30m holidaymakers this year, almost three times its population. Addressing the Panhellenic Exporters Association last week, the tourism minister Elena Kountoura said that between January and May there had been a noticeable increase in arrivals, revenues and occupancy rates with summer bookings in some areas rising by as much as 70%. Travel receipts grew by 2.4% or €23m (£20m).
After eight years of grinding austerity, the influx is a tangible gift, on a par with the €8.5bn financial lifeline thrown Greece earlier this month to once again avert default.
Dimitsana – once famous for the gunpowder mills that produced the firepower in the nation’s 1821 war of independence against Ottoman rule – is emblematic of the entrepreneurial spirit taking root as a result of the boom. “Tourism is our lifejacket,” says Theonimfi Koraki, who opened a boutique hotel in the village last summer. “The aim now is diversity and drawing out the season all year round. Here in Arcadia the creation of the 75km-long Menalon [walking] trail has been hugely successful for example with foreign tourists. It has greatly helped the development of the region.”
With the exception of shipping, tourism is Greece’s biggest foreign earner, the mainstay of an economy that has otherwise contracted by 27% С конца 2009 when the country’s debt crisis began.
The industry accounted for eight out of 10 new jobs in 2016, vital for a nation hit by crippling levels of unemployment. Bank of Greece figures show around 23.5 миллионов туристов посетили в 2015, generating €14.2bn of revenues, или 24% of gross domestic product. В прошлом году, the country’s tourism confederation, SEVEN, announced arrivals of 27.5 миллион, an all-time high.

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36 Члены Конгресса призывают госсекретарь США Тиллерсона занять прочную позицию на угрозы со стороны Турции в отношении кипрского ИЭЗА

New York.- By Apostolos Zoupaniotis

Thirty six members of the U.S. House of Representatives in a letter the cosign, encourage U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to continue active engagement by the State Department in the Eastern Mediterranean, and in particular to urge a strong stance against rhetoric and provocations that threaten the spirit of cooperation and progress that has emerged in the region in recent years. "

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The letter addresses the Turkish threats against the Cypriot Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), as on July 13 Total is scheduled an exploratory drilling

This letter is the latest product of the partnership between the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) and the American Jewish Committee (AJC). HALC and AJC worked with the Congressional Hellenic Israel Alliance (CHIA) caucus and its two chairmen – Gus Bilirakis and Ted Deutch – launched the letter in time for the back to back conferences of the AJC and PSEKA.

The AJC made this letter part of the advocacy program of the Global Forum, where they were joined by members of HALC in lobbying members of Congress. Greek American leaders then raised the issue during the 33rdPSEKA Conference in Washington (June -6-8) urging members of Congress and U.S. officials to send a clear warning to Ankara.”

Amongst the cosigners of the letter are the Chairman and Minority Ranking members of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce and Eliot Engel.

The letter to U.S. Secretary Rex Tillerson is signed by the following 36 members of the U.S. House of Representatives:

Theodore E. Deutch, Gus M. Bilirakis, Edward R. Royce, Eliot L. Engel, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Nita M. Lowey, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Dina Titus, Lee M. Zeldin, Robin L. Kelly, Matt Gaetz, Carolyn B. Maloney, Lois Frankel, Jerrold Nadler, Mike Quigley, John P. Sarbanes, Albio Sires, Randy K. Weber, Sr., Bradley S. Schneider, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Ted Poe, Brad Sherman, Daniel W. Lipinski, Zoe Lofgren, James F. Sensenbrenner, Jr., David N. Cicilline, Frank Pallone, Jr., Danny K. Davis, Josh Gottheimer, Mario Diaz-Balart, Matt Cartwright, Janice D. Schakowsky, John Shimkus, Mike Bost, Carlos Curbelo and Charlie Crist..

THE LETTER

Dear Mr. Secretary,

We are writing to encourage continued active engagement by the State Department in the Eastern Mediterranean, and in particular to urge a strong stance against rhetoric and provocations that threaten the spirit of cooperation and progress that has emerged in the region in recent years.

The burgeoning ties between Cyprus, Greece and Israel should be of particular importance to the United States. Beyond sharing democratic values, the three countries are increasingly collaborating in energy, counterterrorism, and tourism—fields that can contribute to European energy independence, promote economic stability in southern Europe and the Middle East, and help counter regional extremism and terrorism.

Israel’s partnerships with Greece and Cyprus ensure the security of Israel’s Mediterranean border. Israel’s strategic depth has always been a challenge, even more so now while the region is experiencing deteriorating security. Greece and Cyprus allow the Israeli Air Force to conduct exercises over their territory. The three countries exchange intelligence and have conducted search and rescue missions together. Greece and Cyprus are only the second and third countries, after the U.S., with which Israel has signed a ‘status of forces agreement.’

Cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean has the power to create partnerships where there was once conflict. Energy collaboration has facilitated and furthered important regional conversations. Consistent high-level contacts and trilateral summits involve other regional stakeholders including the EU, Италия, Egypt and Lebanon, providing opportunities for diplomatic engagement between these nations—engagement that otherwise might not occur.

Далее, these new energy sources promise to allow key U.S. allies and partners to decrease their energy dependence on suppliers like Russia and Iran.
It is vital that the State Department continue active engagement in the region—not just for the benefit of the U.S and Israel—but because the cooperation facilitated by natural gas finds is not without challenges. Турция, which stands to benefit greatly from energy exploration, repeatedly violates Greece’s air and sea territory and has issued numerous threats against the continued exploration in and exploitation of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Republic of Cyprus. Cyprus’s EEZ is safeguarded under international law and has been consistently supported by the United States government. There is also a long-standing dispute over which nation controls a maritime area off the coast of the Israel-Lebanon border.
With so much progress and potential at stake, we urge you to publicly reaffirm the commitment of the United States to support energy exploration and exploitation in the Eastern Mediterranean in a manner consistent with long-standing U.S. политика. Далее, we look forward to the ongoing engagement of the State Department in facilitating and supporting diplomatic, military and economic cooperation among allies in the region.

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Astypalaia: Бабочка на фоне Эгейского моря

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Located exactly where the Dodecanese meet the Cyclades, the island of Astypalaia boasts a centuries-old history, whitewashed villages and sun-drenched beaches. Embark on a fascinating trip where the deep blue of the sea meets the bright white colours of beautiful island houses…

Astypalaia, the westernmost island of the Group, is naturally separated into Mesa Nisi [the inner island] (western part) и Exo Nisi [the outer island] (eastern part) by a thin strip of land less than 100 м. wide.

The island was named after Astypalaia, the daughter of Phoenix and Perimede. In the old days the island was also called Ichthyoessa due to its abundant fishing grounds. It was first inhabited in prehistoric times. В 1204 it came under the Venetian rule enforced by the Guerini family until 1537 with the exception of a brief period in time (1269-1310) when the Byzantine Empire took over again. В 1537 the Turks occupied the island. As is the case with the other Dodecanese islands, Astypalaia remained under Turkish rule until 1912; it was then conquered by the Italians, британский, and the Germans until it was finally integrated in Greece in 1948. There are ferries to Piraeus and Kalymnos and flights to Athens and Rhodes Airports.

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1. Хора
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is the island’s capital town and port. It is one of the most picturesque towns in the Aegean, perched on a rock that advances into the sea, forming two bays. On the top, you will see Chora’s castle towering over the town with the strikingly white domes of Evangelistria and Agios Georgios churches, visible over the walls. Around the castle lie Chora’s houses with whitewashed walls, blue doors and windows, and wooden balcony rails.

Town promenade

  • To the Venetian Guerini Castle (13th c). The small three-storey houses built in the castle’s outer grounds are of particular architectural interest since the outer walls of the houses form the castle wall and narrow windows were used as battlements. Within the castle there are two churches, painted in a pure white colour, with elaborate stone belfries: Panagia Evangelistria (1853), inside which you will see the founders’ inscription dated 1413 and the Guerini coats of arms; и Агиос Георгиос.
  • To the 18th-century Panagia Portaitissa church below the castle, one of the most beautiful churches in the Dodecanese with a woodcarved, gilded iconostasis. Right next to it there is an interesting Ecclesiastical Museum.
  • To Narkisseios Municipal Library, also housing the island’s archeological collection.
  • To the Archeological Museum in Pera Gialos where finds from the island are on display. Most of them date back to the prehistoric times when Astypalaia had prospered.
  • To the eight windmills located over Skala, at Chora. They belong to the xetrocharis category, a horizontal axis type with the roof turning according to the wind direction.
  • To Kylintra, bordering Chora on the south side. It is the site where a burial ground for infants was excavated – the only one known to have existed in the whole world. This place was considered as sacred ground since the Geometric Period and up to the Hellenistic times.
  • To Megali Panagia. Its courtyard features a remarkable pebbled floor.
  • To Panagia Flevariotissa, 6 km NW of Chora. Part of the church is built inside a cave. It has an interesting woodcarved iconostasis.
  • To the Monastery of Agios Ioannis o Makrys (12 km W). It is built in an impressive landscape between two forbidding slopes, overlooking the open sea and offering a spectacular sunset view.
  • To the castle of Ai-Giannis, opposite the monastery by the same name.

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Trips around Astypalaia

West (Inner Island)

2. Livadia
Livadia is a seaside village with few residents, built in a fertile valley. There are citrus fruit groves, vineyards and houses overflowing with flowers, creating a delightful setting next to a lovely beach. Distance from Chora: 2 km SW.

Must see

  • Negros cave, at Vatses (6 km SW). Access it by boat from Chora, or follow an organised tour.
  • Agios Vasileios hill and the ruins of an early-Christian basilica.

East (Outer Island)

3. Maltezana (Analipsi)
Maltezana is a seaside resort that attracts most of the island’s tourism. It has been named after the Maltese pirates who made their hideout on the island. This is where the French Admiral Bigot set his ship on fire in 1827 so that it may not be captured by the pirates. Distance from Chora: 9 km NE.

Must see

  • Talaras Baths and their Hellenistic period mosaics that are unique in the Hellenic world coloured in light blue and brick shades as well as an interesting composition that depicts the four seasons and the symbols of the zodiac.
  • The monument of the French Admiral Bigot who led the struggle against the pirates in the early 19th century.
  • The ruins of an early-Christian basilica (5th c.) with remarkable mosaics. Agia Varvara chapel was built over those ruins using the existing Ionian capitals as building material.
  • Analipsi church, the village’s oldest one.

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4. Vathy

Vathy looks more like a lagoon due to its protected inlet (having an opening of about 50 m.). It comprises two small communities: Exo [outer] Vathy at the inlet entrance with a small wharf for mooring boats; and Mesa [inner] Vathy in the nook of the cove next to cropland, sparse tree vegetation and vineyards. Distance from Chora: 21 km NE.

Must see

  • Chameni Limni [lost lake], a lagoon in the NE side of Astypalaia.
  • The ruins of a Minoan settlement and tower situated at the entrance to the cove.
  • Drakos cave, where you will see impressive stalagmite and stalactite formations. Access the cave by boat or on foot
  • Panagia Poulariani church, on the way to Vathy. It is built on a rock formation which looks like the Virgin Mary holding the Baby Jesus.

Nearby islands

From Maltezana cove take an excursion boat and visit Diaporia, Ligno, Chondro, Kounoupoi and Koutsomyri islands (SE) as well as Agia Kyriaki island and its beautiful beach (S). Farther away, to the NE of Astypalaia, visit Fokionisia; then Panormos and Katsagreli to the NW; Pontikousa and Ofidousa to the E; and finally Syrna, Katsikoulia, Tria Nisia, Meso, Stefania, and Zafora isles to the SE.

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Events

  • Панагия [Virgin Mary] Flevariotissa feast, the winter reunion event for Astypalaians on February 1st.
  • The island’s biggest celebration takes place at Panagia Portaitissa church on Panagia’s feast (August 15th) and lasts for three days (August 14th-16th). On August 16th, the municipal authority and the Cultural Organisation arrange special sports contests called “Koukania”.
  • Religious procession taking place in Chora, on September 4th with the icon of Panagia Portaitissa as well as the holy relics of Osios Antimos placed at the head.
  • Agios Panteleimon feast on July 27th; and Sotiras Christos feast (Christ Saviour) on August 6th.
  • Astypalaia Festival, involving many concerts, from June to October.
  • Panagia Poulariani feast on September 8th.
  • Panagia tou Thoma feast, at Vathy, on September 8th.

Деятельность

  • Swimming at the beaches: Agios Konstantinos, Vatses, Plakes, Kaminakia, Agios Giannis, Panormos, Pachia Ammos, Pera Gialos and Livadia.
  • Boat excursions for swimming in secluded beaches in the nearby Koutsomyti and Syrna isles.
  • Caving.
  • Climbing to “Ftera” terrain that involves 20 climbing routes.
  • Mountaineering.
  • Mountain biking.
  • Hiking.
  • Spear fishing.
  • Scuba diving.
  • Camping at Chora.

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Египетский FM Шукри Оптимистичный над Соглашением о ИЭЗ

Athens.- Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in an interview with Efimerida Ton Syntakton newspaper on Saturday, on the sidelines of the 2nd Conference on Stability and Security in the Eastern Mediterranean held in Rhodes, stressed the need for cooperation between Greece and Egypt in the energy sector.

He stressed that “it is important for all of us to broaden the fields of cooperation. And energy is a field of cooperation “, while on the demarcation of an EEZ between the two countries he noted that the talks continue and expressed the conviction that there will be an agreement.

It is important,», Добавил он, “to build our relationship, to create a climate of security, stability and peace in the area that will pave the way for better exploitation of our common resources and the comparative advantages of each country. Конечно, these will create better opportunities for employment, economic progress, and revenues.”

“We are facing the same or similar challenges, whether we are talking about politics or the economy, and if we work together we will get better conditions to meet our aspirations, but also to be protected from threats to peace and stability,” he stated.

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Иностранные ТВ производства в Греции для продвижения греческого туризма

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A series of productions from Russia, Франция, Belgium have started filming in Greece and continue all the way until the end of May, with the support of the National Tourist Organization of Greece (EOT), in accordance with its strategic communication planning. The plan is to promote Greece and especially the lesser known, but still beautiful places of the country, as a 365 days destination.

Более конкретно:

a) The “Live-Planet” from Russia will promote the Ionian islands of Corfu, Kefalonia and Zakinthos.

B) The Belgium “BBDM” (Belges du Bout du Monde) on behalf of the RTBF will visit Athens, Agistri, Tyros, Leonidio, Monemvasia and Nafplio.

In the meantime in April there is filming going on in:

- Афины, Euboea, Пелопоннес, Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki by Russia24.

- Athens by the “Silence, ça pousse!” of France 5, to present the city break tourism of the capital of Greece.

These activities were encouraged and promoted by EOT in order to improve the contact of the tourist agencies with what the Greek tourist product can offer and to promote specific characteristics of those lesser known places.

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СЫН СОФЬИ WINS AT TRIBECA КИНОФЕСТИВАЛЬ

New York.- By Vicki James Yiannias

The latest good news about Greek films. Continuing the forward movement toward international recognition of films by Greek directors in recent years, Elina Psykou’s Son of Sophia, won for Best International Narrative Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival. Congratulations, Elina!

Shown on April 21-23, и апреле 28, Greek director Elina Psykou’s second feature film after her celebrated debut film, The Eternal Return of AntonisParaskevas, (Hellenic Film Academy and Thessaloniki Film Festival award winner) played from and garnered applause from audiences. About a stoic 11-year-old boy, Misha, coming from Russia to Athens during the 2004 Olympic Games to live with his mother, the film is a mix of realism and Misha’s fantastical inner life full of fairytale-like inhabitants. Realism in his relationship with his mother, who has lived apart from him, в Греции, for two years, and the almost surreal strangeness of an eccentric stepfather whose personality is both old school and bizarre, a new home, and a new country. Son of Sophia’s storylines are ambitious. They are abundant and they raise questions; some are answered and many are not.

The GN was lucky to catch the excited Tsirkou for her answers to the following questions.

GN: A few scenes in Son of Sofia remind of David Lynch’s work. Is he one of your artistic influences?

EP: I certainly love David Lynch’s movies. I remember myself deciding that I want to become a film director after watching “Wild at Heart” on TV. Я был 16 или 17 лет, and I was so enthusiastic from being in that film’s world that I said I want to make movies like Lynch does, without being sure what this exactly means of course!

GN: Have any Greek film directors influenced your work?

EP: I really love a few Greek directors of previous generations, like Nikos Papatakis, Tonia Marketaki, GiorgosPanousopoulos, Stavros Tsiolis, and of course Theo Angelopoulos and PantelisVoulgaris and many others. I also love the work of a few contemporary directors and, as some of them are close friends of mine, I am proud of them and influenced by their work, конечно! The cinema of your own country influences and inspires you, even if you don’t realize it.

GN: I’m assuming that Misha’s metamorphosis into a bear related to his mother’s teddy bear. What was the significance of the other metamorphoses, the zebra, crocodile, cow and wolf?

EP: About the zebra, I am interested in the presence of both black and white. Для меня, it is symbolic – both colors exist, as do two points of view. There is no black, there is no white, there is no bad and no good, no wrong and right. As for the crocodile, it is a reference to Gena, a character in the animated Russian kids’ show “Cheburashka”, who also appears on Misha’s birthday cake. The cow refers to the fatted calf of the Prodigal Son parable, the one that Mr. Nikos teaches Misha. И, наконец,, the wolf is the Big Bad Wolf, the famous fairytale character.

GN: What was the significance of Misha’s be carried aloft into the sky by balloons at the end of the film?

EP: Misha’s escape at the end is a direct reference to the Moscow Olympic Games closing ceremony back in the 1980. Misha, the mascot of the Games, flies off into the sky the same way. Despite this reference, I like that the movie has an open ending. The escape symbolizes Misha’s coming of age, the end of his childhood and also of his innocence. After the movie’s end, nothing will be the same, whatever this means.

GN: What did the unruly gang of sadistic young gay men represent?

EP: The gang of young boys is a different aspect of Greece. If one aspect, the old and conservative one, is represented by Mr. Nikos, другие, the new one, is represented by this gang. Both aspects are confused, not knowing where to go and whom to listen to… The gay thing is just an element, a realistic one, but not the main core of the young gang’s presence in the movie. What interests me is that these boys are lost in the city, without hope, relatives, expectations and home. И, конечно,, their presence works as a statement for the city itself, an abandoned and isolated city.

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Греческие инициативы по развитию оздоровительного туризма и инвестиций из Канады & США

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The Department of Medical Tourism of the Institute of Scientific Research of the Panhellenic Medical Association has started a series of coordinated efforts to promote health tourism abroad.
The aim is to strengthen Greece’s role in the global health tourism market which amounts to 40 миллиард долларов.

For that reason, a conference will be held on March 28-29 in Montreal with the participation of prominent members of the scientific and business community of Greece and the Greek community in Canada.

The event is co-organized by the Athens Medical Association, the Central Union of Municipalities of Greece and the Greek Community of Montreal, которая насчитывает около 80,000 Греки.

The areas of IVF, ophthalmology, dermatology, dentistry, have great potential with multiple benefits for the economy.

Также, the head of the Commercial and Industrial Chamber of Athens (EVEA) and the Hellenic Union of Chambers, Konstantinos Michalos, invited Greek-American businesspeople to invest in Greece in this crucial time for the country, during his visit to New York and Washington to participate in the official White House celebrations for Greek Independence Day.

Michalos told Greek-Americans Greece offers great investments opportunities in sectors such as tourism, энергия, промышленность, питание, education and health and noted the reforms which have started to be implemented which, if continued and completed, will greatly facilitate business activity.

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Министр обороны Джеймс Маттис говорит Камменос Souda Bay Base может потребоваться некоторое расширение

Вашингтон, DC.- (GreekNewsOnline, ANA-MPA)

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Security and defense issues of mutual concern topped the agenda of the talks between U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Greece’s Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos at the Pentagon ,в пятницу, according a readout by Pentagon Spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis. These issues included trans-Mediterranean migration; terrorism; and instability in the Balkans, Northern Africa, и на Ближнем Востоке.

Welcoming Minister Kammenos, General Mattis surprised everyone speaking about Souda Bay Base, saying “there may be some need to expand it a little bit”.

U.S. is considering Souda Bay as one of the alternatives for their operations in the Middle East, following the temporary closing of the Insirlik Base in Turkey after the military coup attempt.

Secretary Mattis welcomed Kammenos at the Pentagon praising him for his leadership in keeping Greek armed forces well equipped and ready and well funded.

“And certainly you mentioned Souda Bay here while we were getting our picture taken, key Naval facility that we share with you. We’re grateful for hosting us when we need to be in there, maybe some need to expand it a little bit. We’ll certainly look at that, but the largest deep water port in the Mediterranean, we’re very, very fortunate, it’s in the hands of capable NATO nation for the southern flank.”

According to the Pentagon spokesperson, Secretary Mattis thanked Greece for being one of five NATO allies that invests two percent of its GDP on defense, and expressed his appreciation to Minister Kammenos for hosting U.S. forces at Souda Bay, Крит. He also noted Greece’s participation in NATO’s Aegean Activity and Kosovo Force and Greece’s strategic support in the counter-terrorism and extremism fight.

The secretary and Minister Kammenos agreed that security along NATO’s southern flank is of great importance to the entire alliance. В конце концов, Secretary Mattis congratulated the minister and the people of Greece on their 196th anniversary of independence, which is celebrated tomorrow. The two leaders look forward to continued future engagement.

PANOS KAMMENOS

Speaking to the Greek press, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos predicted the beginning of a new era in Greek-U.S. relations in defense. According to Kammenos, the new Trump administration understood the special role of the nation-state and the ability of states “with history and special ties to develop relations.”

“They are well aware that Greece’s close and historic cooperation with Israel and its ability to ‘speak the same language’ as the Arab countries will help us work for peace and democracy, not just for ourselves but for the wider region,», Добавил он, while something similar was true in the Balkans.

Regarding Turkish provocations in the Aegean, Kammenos said there was agreement that “no new fronts” should be opened in the region. “We already have open fronts in Libya and Syria. Care must be taken so as not to create issues where there are none,", Сказал он, while noting that the U.S. side was aware of the Turkish activity.

Kammenos said that he had invited Mattis to visit Greece and that he had accepted the invitation.

The meeting focused on bilateral cooperation, NATO and the base in Souda and initiatives Greece can undertake in the broader Mediterranean region with third countries to create a “shield of stability and cooperation” with Israel, Кипр, Египет, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates to the south and east and with Bulgaria and Romania in the north.

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The Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (ЮНВТО) is in Greece since last Tuesday as he accepted the invitation of the Greek Minister of Tourism Elena Kountoura. After meeting the Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Г-н. Rifai spoke at the workshop organized by the Ministry of Tourism under the title “Destination Greece – 365 days”.

“Greece is a succes story in tourism during the last 2-3 лет, especially if we consider the special conditions and challenges the country had to face on all levels”, he stated to newmoney.gr.

Mr Rifai added that for an outside observer, with the geopolitical conditions in the wider region, the economic crisis and the refugee issue, he would expect Greece to go from bad to worse. Instead of that, there was an increase of arrivals on a percentage higher than the world average.

Для г-н. Rifai what happened was a miracle as ther ewas the necessary political will as well as the positive impression around the world that Greece is a place where human rights are respected and regardless of the country’s problems. The Greeks turned the problem into an advantage for the tourism image of the country by projecting the Greek hospitality.

Г-н. Rifai underlined the fact that there is no competition in the area when it comes to tourism, as the more people come to the Mediterranean, the more will come to Greece eventually. For the Secretary-General, the greatest asset for Greece is its people, as they make the visitors feel welcome.

The negative aspect of the country for Mr. Rifai is the low confidence Greece has demonstrated, as it should make more “fuzz” about its successes instead of what hasn’t been done yet.

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