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Obama honored the Greek national holiday

26 March 2009 / 10:03:55  GRReporter
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A big and glamorous reception took place in the White House on the Greek National holiday – March 25th. Over 300 Greek Americans were invited. They were lead by the US archbishop Dimitrios and the Greek State was represented by the Justice Minister Nikos Dendias. The event started at 11:00pm Greek time and ended two hours later. Just the fact that this reception was carried out from the US administration is very important, because right now events in the White House are severely reduced due to financial reasons.

In his holiday speech, President Barack Obama noted that the US has supported the Greek independence fight and the creators of the American country have based their principals on democracy and freedom – terms born in ancient Greece. Obama stressed that even in the 21st century Greece and America are allies in NATO and are working together for solving the big problems of our era.

Meanwhile, the Greek media happily announced that the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has canceled the upcoming meeting on March 31st with the Cyprian Turk leader Mehmed Ali Talat. Greek journalists believe that Clinton made that decision after her meeting with the US archbishop Dimitrios and after the open letter by Greek Americans who sent it to President Obama and vice-president Bidon, insisting this meeting not to take place.

According to a Turkish information agency, the Clinton-Talat meeting will take place in Washington but it is postponed with two weeks. The agency claims that Clinton has taken into consideration the Greek appeal and has promised firstly to meet the Cyprian Foreign Minister Markos Kiprianou, during her visit in Prague in the beginning of April. The invitation in the State Department was sent to the leader of the Cyprian Turks with a new date – April 16th.

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