23 January, 2006
Greece offers great investment opportunities, Greek Ambassador to the US Alexandros Mallias said, promoting the country's new image, during a dinner hosted in his honor here on Friday evening.
He presented the country's new image, stressing the new business opportunities emerging in Southeast Europe as well as the advantages Greece gained from hosting the 2004 Olympic Games.
Mallias also referred to Turkey's EU prospects, stressing that Greece supports its neighbor’s EU aspirations, but added that Ankara must fulfill the obligations it assumed on October 3, 2005 - the official starting date of EU accession talks - which concern respect for minorities and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, human rights and the Cyprus issue.
Regarding the latter, he said that everyone would like to see the Turkish occupation forces leave the island with the implementation of the acquis communautaire.
As for the Middle East, the Greek ambassador expressed the hope that Palestinian elections will mean a new chapter for the region that will lead to peace and stability.
Present at the dinner were Archbishop of America Demetrios, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, the UN's Palestinian Envoy, American businessmen, members of the Greek expatriate community, editor of the Turkish newspaper Sabah Gazetesi and others.
Earlier on Friday, Mallias met with The New York Times' foreign desk, briefing staff members on a series of issues concerning Greece.
He also visited the offices of Greek media in New York.
On Saturday evening, Greek General Consul in New York Ekaterini Boura is scheduled to host a dinner in his honor.
Before departing from New York on Sunday, Mallias will meet with the board members of the Cyprus Federation of America.
Source: Athens News Agency