28 September, 2006
The new premises of Greece's embassy in Washington were inaugurated Tuesday by Greek foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis, during a ceremony that was attended by US state department officials, foreign diplomats, Senator Paul Sarbanes, and a plethora of Greek Americans.
After a Te Deum, Greek Ambassador to the US Alexandros Mallias, on behalf of the entire embassy staff, expressed appreciation for all those who contributed to the completion of the project, and particularly his predecessors Alexandros Philon and George Savvaidis.
A young American pupil from the local SEED school described his positive experiences from his contact with the Greek civilization during a visit to Greece in the framework of an educational program actively supported by the Greek embassy.
State Department under secretary for Management Henrietta Fore stressed the American people's appreciation for Greece for its historic contribution to democracy. Fore spoke of the high level of cooperation between the two countries in such sectors as energy security, praising especially Greece's humanitarian contribution in the transport of refugees from Lebanon, as well as Greece's naval contribution to the multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon.
Bakoyannis, in turn, warmly thanked all who contributed to completion of the new building for the Greek Embassy which, she said, reflected the importance placed by Greece on its embassy in the US.
Source: Athens News Agency