AHI Participates at Capitol Hill Briefing Recapping Historic Mission
WASHINGTON, DC — American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis participated at a briefing on Capitol Hill, Feb. 25, 2014, that presented the findings from the historic three-country Leadership Mission to Israel, Cyprus, and Greece, which occurred in January.
“We appreciated the opportunity to share our experiences and observations from the historic mission to a very important audience,” President Larigakis said. “The trilateral relationship between Greece, Cyprus, and Israel is critical to stability in the eastern Mediterranean, and it must be supported by the United States. Our findings from the mission reaffirmed this notion and this message must be emphasized in Washington.”
AHI offers several exciting programs throughout the year. Each spring, AHI’s gala “Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner” honors the best and brightest in the Greek American community; in the fall we hold a conference on “The Future of Hellenism in America," held each year at different cities around the country; and in the summer the “College Student Foreign Policy Study Trip to Greece and Cyprus” a two-week trip to Washington, DC, Greece and Cyprus college students have the opportunity to see and experience first hand foreign policy issues affecting US-Greece-Cyprus relations.
AHI’s members care deeply about the United States’ relationship with Greece and Cyprus and their neighbors. Following Pericles’s admonition that good citizenship requires involvement in public affairs, we recognize the important role played in a vibrant democracy by alert and engaged citizens.
Each year, AHI initiates congressional legislation, issues policy statements, and serves as an effective watchdog on issues affecting U.S. relations in Southeastern Europe. Key issues have included ending the illegal occupation of Cyprus, the treatment of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, aggression in the Aegean Sea, and the U.S.’s response to the dispute between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) over the latter nation’s name.