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02 November, 1999
Foreign Minister George Papandreou meets today in Ottawa with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien and tomorrow with Canadian FM Lloyd Axworthy.
During an official four-day visit to the North American country, Mr. Papandreou will brief Canadian officials on the Cyprus issue and the latest developments in Greek-Turkish relations.
He will also exchange views with Canadian officials on developments in the Balkans, particularly Kosovo and Bosnia, given that Canada has sent military contingents to the UN-led international peacekeeping forces in the region.
They will also discuss relations between Greece and Canada, as well as the two countries' cooperation in international peacekeeping missions.
Mr. Papandreou will wind up the visit tomorrow with the signing of a bilateral agreement on the mutual extradition of outlaws, and a memorandum of cooperation on sports issues. Mr. Axworthy will sign the accords on behalf of the Canadian government.
Mr. Papandreou kicked off his Canadian visit on Sunday in Toronto. The Greek-Canadian community, whom he briefed on Greece's initiatives aimed at regional and worldwide stability, warmly received the Greek foreign minister in Toronto.
Greece, he said, had evolved into a substantial and efficient force of friendship, peace and cooperation in the region of the Balkans and Europe in general.
Mr. Papandreou will travel to Montreal today for talks with the local Greek community before heading for Ottawa.
Source: Athens News Agency