At a time when Greece is thoroughly isolated internationally, Rosen Plevneliev has decided to start his Balkan tour precisely from here. In addition to the meetings with President of Greece Carlos Papoulias, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and head of parliament Vangelis Meimarakis, the Bulgarian Head of State will have a working breakfast with representatives of Greek business and he will also meet with representatives of the Bulgarian community at the residence of the Bulgarian ambassador in Athens on Wednesday evening.
Meetings with the mayors of Athens George Kaminis and Yiannis Boutaris of Thessaloniki, the Archbishop of Athens and of all Greece, Ieronymos, and the Rector of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Yiannis Hatzidimitriou, are also in his programme. Rosen Plevneliev will be awarded the highest of Greek honours - the Grand Cross of the Order of the Redeemer as well as the Order of Honour of Athens and Thessaloniki’s badge of honour. The Bulgarian President will be honoured with the honorary degree Honoris Causa of the University of Macedonia.
The cultural programme of the Bulgarian Head of State includes visits to the Acropolis Museum and the Thessaloniki Museum of Byzantine Art, where he will see the exhibition of paintings by artists from the city of Plovdiv, dedicated to the Cyrillic alphabet.
Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov is in the delegation of the Bulgarian President and his colleague Dimitris Avramopoulos will receive him this afternoon.
To be continued