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04 February, 1999
US ambassador to Athens Nicholas Burns yesterday pointed to Washington's interest in improving trade relations with Thessaloniki and the wider region of northern Greece.
Mr. Burns, speaking from Thessaloniki, said US firms were encouraged to invest in northern Greece and he announced the preparation of a tourism development congress to be held in Thessaloniki on April 26 and 27, with the participation of 29 countries.
The US ambassador met with new Thessaloniki Mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos and in the evening attended a ceremony for a New Year's cake-cutting ceremony hosted by the Greek-American Chamber in Thessaloniki.
Source: Athens News Agency