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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-11-18

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PM Karamanlis to tour Grevena, Metsovo on Saturday
  • [02] Gov't says talks for F-16 deal near completion

  • [01] PM Karamanlis to tour Grevena, Metsovo on Saturday

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis will tour Grevena and Metsovo on Saturday.

    In the morning, he will inspect the works on the Egnatia Highway's vertical axes running from the Siatista overpass to Kristalopigi, on the Greek-Albanian border, and afterwards will meet with Grevena prefectural authorities and representatives of the local productive classes.

    At noon, he will tour the stretch of of the Egnatia Highway from the Venetiko tunnel bridge to the Greveniotiko tunnel bridge, which is currently under construction.

    He will later visit the Northern Pindos National Park's information booth, while in the afternoon he is due to attend an event organised by the Epirus Egnatia Foundation, for a presentation of a book by photographer K. Balafas titled "Metsovo" at the Diaselo conference centre in Metsovo.

    [02] Gov't says talks for F-16 deal near completion

    The government on Friday announced that negotiations with the US government over the sale of 40 new F-16 fighter planes will conclude in "a few days", while at the same time lashing out at main opposition PASOK by stressing that the foreseen contract will be "proportionately better" than a similar purchase by the Simitis government in 2000.

    In answer to a tabled question in Parliament, Defence Minister Spilios Spiliotopoulos also attacked previous decisions by the Simitis governments' defence ministry leaderships, citing the possibility of bring large contracts to the legislature's floor for debate.

    The minister added that the final price tag for the new F-16s will be much lower than a US$3.1-billion figure thoroughly criticised by the opposition in the recent period.

    Conversely, top PASOK deputy Christos Papoutsis replied that his party's response will be sharp and decisive if it is provoked in Parliament.


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