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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-11-30

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  • [01] Papandreou begins 2-day visit to Sofia

  • [01] Papandreou begins 2-day visit to Sofia

    SOFIA -- Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou arrived here on Wednesday for a series of contacts with the country's leadership, as Bulgarian national assembly chairman and former foreign minister Georgi Pirinski was the latest official to congratulate Papandreou over his expected assumption of the Socialist International's presidency next month.

    Papandreou, a former Greek foreign minister, is also scheduled to be received by Bulgarian President Georgi Purvanov; Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev and other high-ranking Bulgarian officials during his two-day visit here for a meeting of a Socialist International's work group on SE Europe, which he will chair.

    The PASOK leader is the sole candidate, to date, for the high-profile post.

    Beyond discussions focusing on relations between the Greek and Bulgarian parliaments, which both men termed as excellent, Papandreou and Pirinski also discussed the delayed opening of a new border post (Iliden-Exohi) on the frontier between the two neighbours, as well as new road links connecting the border towns of Drama and Goce Delchev.

    According to reports, the new border crossing will be delivered by the end of 2005, a development expected to alleviate congestion at the other busy border posts on the Greek-Bulgarian frontier.

    Caption: Bulgarian National Assembly Chairman Georgi Pirinski, left, greets Greek main opposition leader George Papandreou in Sofia on Wednesday. ANA photo / V. Filis

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