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18 September, 1998
Archbishop of America Spyridon yesterday met with Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos.
Spyridon, after his hour-long meeting here with Mr. Pangalos, said that among other issues they discussed Greece's relations with its neighbors, modern Greek society and the condition of the Greek expatriate community in the United States.
Mr. Pangalos said "I reiterated an invitation, and we hope to soon have the honor and the pleasure, both the government and the people of Greece to receive his eminence..."
The Greek minister also said that he will have a series of meetings with his counterparts from around the world on the sidelines of the United Nations' general assembly.
He added that on Wednesday "we had our first meeting today (yesterday) I will meet with them again and we are conducting this pre-election campaign for our candidacy to the Security Council."
Mr. Pangalos added: "We will meet (US Secretary of State Madaleine) Albright, we will meet with the new Russian foreign minister...we will meet with the ministers of the Gulf countries and the ministers of the Rio group and Latin America."
When asked if he will meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem, Mr. Pangalos said that there is no reason to see him separately, since Mr. Cem has not requested such a meeting.
He added that "I had asked to see him last time. In any case we will meet in Antalya in a few weeks."
Spyridon, responding to a question, said that the US president "was elected for a four-year term and in my personal opinion - not that of the archdiocese - is that he should finish the term for which the American people elected him, independent of private or personal problems, that he may be facing."
Source: Athens News Agency