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04 July, 2000
President Kostis Stephanopoulos arrived in Dublin on Monday on a three-day official visit to Ireland, the first such visit by a Greek head of state, for talks with Irish leaders.
Alternate Foreign Minister Elizabeth Papazoi and Deputy National Economy Minister Yiannis Zaphiropoulos accompany him.
President Stephanopoulos will hold talks with Irish President Mary McAllis and Prime Minister Berty Ahern on Tuesday and address a Greek-Irish economic forum in Dublin.
On arrival in Dublin, President Stephanopoulos met with the Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain Grigorios and the directorate of the Greek community in Ireland.
In an interview with the newspaper "Irish Times", the Greek president said relations between Greece and Ireland are excellent, both at bilateral level and in the framework of the European Union. He added that at political level these relations are developing in a very satisfactory way and that his visit to Ireland constitutes an explicit manifestation of the existing cordial climate.
President Stephanopoulos said Greece supports Turkey's European vocation and its effort to achieve European standards, sharing with it its experiences in many sectors.
He said Greece sincerely desires to establish relations of good neighborliness, as well as peaceful ones, with Turkey, similar to those it is enjoying with its other neighbors, based on international law and relevant treaties.
Source: Athens News Agency