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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-02-25

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] FM begins talks in Washington
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] FM begins talks in Washington

    Washington (ANA-MPA/T. Ellis) -- Developments in the Middle East and relations with Russia were at the crux of Greek foreign minister and OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) chairperson Dora Bakoyannis meetings in Washington on Tuesday with the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, while developments in Greek-Turkish relations, the prospects for a solution of the Cyprus issue and Turkey's role in the ongoing process under the aegis of the UN, as well as the FYROM name issue, were also examined.

    During her meeting with the Congressional committee dealing with the OSCE, the role of the current Greek chairmanship of the organization was discussed, as well as the renewal of the OSCE's mission in Georgia.

    Bakoyannis stressed the need for abolition as soon as possible of the visa requirement for Greek citizens wishing to visit the US and for Greece's entry into the US's Visa Waiver Program.

    Bakoyannis was due on Tuesday night (US time) to meet with House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi, after which she would attend US president Barack Obama's address to a joint meeting of the House and Senate.

    The Greek foreign minister met earlier Tuesday with Obama's National Security Adviser General James Homes and members of Congress.

    Speaking to Greek state NET television station afterwards, Bakoyannis said she had ascertained good knowledge of the issues and understanding on the part of Gen. Jones and the Congressional members, as well as a desire for cooperation.

    Bakoyannis said she had initiated on Tuesday a series of meetings with the new US government, with her meeting with Gen. Jones, adding that they had the opportunity to discuss a large number of issues.

    "It was a lengthy and very good meeting, held in a particularly good climate," Bakoyannis said, adding that "we discussed issues of wider international interest which, of course, also fall under the competency of the OSCE chairmanship, issues that will be discussed at the next NATO summit, and naturally issues of specific Greek interest."

    Bakoyannis continued that she briefed Jones on Greek-Turkish relations, the Cyprus issue and the FYROM issue, while the also discussed the Visa Waiver program, which she said was always an aspired target.

    She said it had been a good and useful meeting, as were her meetings in the Senate, where she briefed the members of the Foreign Affairs Committee in-depth.

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The aftermath of the repeat helicopter jail break by felon Vassilis Paleokostas and the economy were the main front-page items in Athens' newspapers on Wednesday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "The escape (from Kordyallos prison) by Paleokostas and (Albanian convice) Rizaj step-by-step, as four prison guards and the helicopter's pilot face charges".

    APOGEVMATINI: "10,562 hirings in the public sector".

    AVGHI: "The coup de grace for the small and medium size merchant - 10 new malls planned in Attica prefecture and five in the rest of Greece".

    AVRIANI: "According to new ALCO opinion poll, 'no one' sweeping with 46 percent (of the respondents with respect to which party was capable of managing the crisis) - The political crisis deepens".

    CHORA: "Sweeping changes in ELAS (Greek Police)".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Economy and security are 'mobile bombs' - The government now sees big threats for the country".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Receipts for tuition, clothing, electrical appliances returning (for submission to Tax Burea in income tax statements) - Tax deduction for additional expenses as of this year".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Picture of 'escape' by the state with the consecutive incidents of corruption".

    ESTIA: "No progress in the state - Immense blame for New Democracy".

    ETHNOS: "Four in 10 ships in downtown Athens closing due to the crisis".

    KATHIMERINI: "The parties grumbling, the state tottering".

    LOGOS: "Public sector 'freezing' (in nationwide strike on Wednesday called by ADEDY) - Central rally at 11:00 a.m. at Klafthmonos Square".

    NIKI: "Escape from the responsibilities - Karamanlis and ministers searching for scapegoats".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Organization of class struggle against the aspirations of the plutocracy".

    TA NEA: "8 weapons stolen from policemen's homes - Seven burglaries in space of one month".

    TO VIMA: "European Court 'bomb' on women's pensions - Athens fears wave of early retirement (by women) in civil service".

    VRADYNI: "The responsibilities also escaped - We're reliving the 'days of 2006', with many words but no substance".


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