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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-04-27

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

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  • [01] PM: Rebirth of Greece, now or never
  • [02] Papoulias meets UAE FM

  • [01] PM: Rebirth of Greece, now or never

    Ána-Mpa/Prime minister George Papandreou said the time has come for the rebirth of Greece, "it is now or never", addressing a meeting of his ruling PASOK party's parliamentary group on Tuesday.

    Papandreou outlined the difficult situation the country is in, but expressed optimism that, with a joint effort, the country will succeed, and called all the citizens, regardless of their political leanings, to take part in that effort.

    The premier said that he is personally determined to do everything necessary, in the time required and that imposed by the circumstances, for the country's recovery and so that the Greek people may once again feel pride.

    "Greece has a government with the volition to not back down a single step," Papandreou said, and called on everyone to stop occupying themselves with the spreads and deal instead with the changes and reversals that are necessary.

    The EU support mechanism that Greece has resorted to will give the country the necessary time and calm to proceed to those changes, he said, giving assurances that his government does not fear the political cost because, above and beyond that cost is the contribution to the country.

    [02] Papoulias meets UAE FM

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias received on Tuesday at the Presidential Mansion United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdallah bin Zayid al-Nuhayyan.

    In comments while welcoming the UAE Foreign Minister, Papoulias referred to the Greek economy for the first time since Greece's recourse to the EU support mechanism, noting that "Greece is going through a hard time for which we are not entirely responsible, but there are also other reasons and causes such as the 'speculation mania' of certain circles".

    Nevertheless, he expressed his optimism that "we will win the battle", adding that this will happen "with many sacrifices, which will unfortunately be painful for the weaker".

    He also referred to Dubai's recent economic problems stressing that "your neighborhood has experienced the speculators' bitter game, but you had the power and reserves to overcome it".

    On his part, the UAE official expressed his satisfaction on the promotion of the economic cooperation between the two countries, with a special to the cooperation in the shipbuilding sector, adding that "we are happy that investment capital exists and will come to your country from ours, and that you are ready to receive these investments".


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