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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-07-28

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  • [01] Greek President Papoulias visits Cyprus

  • [01] Greek President Papoulias visits Cyprus

    President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias arrived in Cyprus at noon on Saturday to attend three-day events commemorating Archbishop Makarios. The Greek president was welcomed at Larnaca airport during a red carpet official ceremony, by Minister of Education and Culture Akis Kleanthous on behalf of the Cypriot government.

    Other officials welcomed President Papoulias at Larnaca airport's VIP lounge, including National Guard Commander, Lieutenant General Constantinos Bisbikas, Cypriot Ambassador to Athens Giorgos Georgis, Bishop of Kition Chrysostomos, Greek Ambassador to Nicosia Demetrios Rallis and Head of Protocol of the Cypriot Foreign Ministry Marios Ieronimides.

    No statements were made after his arrival.

    In the afternoon, Papoulias was scheduled to have a private meeting with President Tassos Papadopoulos at the Presidential Palace in Nicosia, before going to the Municipal Theatre to attend an oratorio to mark 30 years since Makarios' death.

    On Saturday evening, Papadopoulos was due to welcome Papoulias at his home for a private dinner.

    On Sunday morning, Papoulias will visit the Kykkos Monastery and attend a memorial service for Archbishop Makarios, marking 30 years since the death of the first President of the Republic of Cyprus, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at Throni.

    In the afternoon, he will have separate meetings with House of Representatives President Demetris Christophias and former foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides.

    Presidents Papoulias and Papadopoulos will deliver greetings at the memorial service, while it will also be addressed by Greece's Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

    Papoulias returns to Athens on Monday night.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias.

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