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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-10-18

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

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  • [01] Greek envoy expresses displeasure at Oval Office over Greece's non-inclusion in new Visa Waiver Program admissions

  • [01] Greek envoy expresses displeasure at Oval Office over Greece's non-inclusion in new Visa Waiver Program admissions

    Washington (ANA-MPA/T. Ellis) -- Greek ambassador in Washington Alexandros Mallias conveyed to US president George Bush Greece's displeasure that the country was not included among the group of countries admitted to the US Visa Waiver Program, before a ceremony at the White House during which Bush formally announced the entry of seven new countries into the program, under which the citizens of countries are not required to have a visa in order to visit the US.

    Mallias said it was not a good or happy day either for Greece or the Greek-American community, stressing that "Greece should have been today the first country named for admission into the Program", speaking in the Oval Office before the ceremony, in the presence of secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff, members of the National Security Council, and other ambassadors.

    Bush sought elaboration from Chertoff, who replied that there were certain documents that needed to be signed by Greece. Mallias interjected that such was not the case, adding "the truth is that there has been a big delay on the part of the US side, and the real reasons are known to both us and Mr. Chertoff".

    Earlier, during a regular briefing, White House press secretary Dana Perino said in reply to press question that "Greece has a little bit of more work to do on the implementation of the program, but we think that they're on the track to be able to be admitted into it later in the year".

    Asked to specify when that might be, she replied: "I think that we're looking towards, by the end of the year, we hope to have that all wrapped up".


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