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Greece’s Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis visits AHI
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: C. Franciscos Economides
July 12, 2010—No. 45 (202) 785-8430

Greece’s Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis visits AHI

WASHINGTON, DC — On July 9, 2010 Greece’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Spyros Kouvelis, visited the American Hellenic Institute’s Hellenic House where he met with members of the AHI leadership, including: AHI Founder Gene Rossides, AHI Legal Counsel Nick Karambelas Esq., AHI Board Members Kostas Alexakis and James Marketos Esq., AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis, and AHI staff.

The meeting entailed a detailed discussion of mutual interest regarding U.S. relations with Greece, developments in economic diplomacy and opportunities of investing in Greece. The AHI leadership proposed different ways that AHI could help facilitate bringing increased business and tourism to Greece. AHI has a history of promoting investment in Greece and has published a two edition volume titled “Doing Business in Greece.” The AHI will also help promote two messages from Minister Kouvelis.  The first one is that Greece is on the right track—its progress and growth is stable. The second one is that Greece is a safe country and a good destination to visit.

“We were honored to have Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis visit Hellenic House,” said Executive Director Nick Larigakis.  “We also sincerely appreciated the open discussion. We look forward to working with Minister Kouvelis to pursue common objectives, strengthen U.S. relations with Greece, and help support the Greek economy.”

Deputy Minister Kouvelis was accompanied by a delegation from Greece’s Foreign Ministry and the Embassy of Greece including Ioannis Maniatis, Deputy Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change; Ambassador Eleftherios Anghelopoulos, Head of the General Directorate for Economic Affairs of the Foreign Ministry; Ms. Paraskevi Boufounou, Chair of the Board of Directors of “Invest in Greece;” Ambassador Maria Theofili, Head of the Diplomatic Office of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Charalambos Pippos, Director for Public Affairs and International Activities of the General Secretariat for Energy and Climate Change at the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change; Sophia Philippidou, Embassy of Greece Counselor and Charalambos Papadopoulos, Embassy of Greece/Secretary, Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs.

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(Left-right) James Marketos, Esq., Nick Karambelas Esq., Ms. Paraskevi Boufounou, Chair of the Board of Directors of “Invest in Greeece,” Kostas Alexakis, Gene Rossides, Spyros Kouvelis, Greece’s Deputy Foreign Minister and Nick Larigakis.

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Minister Kouvelis and delegation meeting at the Hellenic House.

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(Left-right) AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis, Greece’s Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis and AHI Founder Gene Rossides.

 

 

 

 

 

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For additional information, please contact C. Franciscos Economides at (202) 785-8430 or at [email protected]. For general information about the activities of AHI, please see our website at http://www.ahiworld.org.