12 January, 2005
A Greek foreign ministry announcement on Tuesday said that Greece warmly congratulated Mahmoud Abbas on his election to the foremost office of the Palestinian Authority.
The announcement stressed that the "successful election process and Abbas' election marked a new start of efforts for peace in the Middle East".
It also expressed hope that a "reactivation of the peace process will be an important and decisive step for a final settlement of the lengthy dispute between Palestinians and Israelis that will lead to the peaceful coexistence of the two peoples and the two states".
Source: Athens News Agency