20 July, 2005
WASHINGTON, 20/07/2005 (ANA/N.Melissova)
Alternate Culture Minister Fani Palli-Petralia represented Greece at the International Democratic Union (IDU) roundtable hosted by US President George W. Bush in Washington on Tuesday morning (local time).
According to Petralia, Bush "confirmed the very good relations the two countries maintain" and referred to Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis as a "good friend" and "a very good politician."
Furthermore, Bush once again praised the Greek government on the successful staging of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and placed particular emphasis on the fight against terrorism, Petralia said.
Petralia also briefed the American president on the IDU Women's Conference, which will be held in Athens October 7-9, and was reassured of his support.
Finally, the Greek minister also met with Under Secretary for Political Affairs and former US Ambassador to Greece R. Nicholas Burns.
Petralia and Burns discussed utilization of Olympic venues and the possibility of the two countries cooperating closely on cultural issues.
Source: Athens News Agency