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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-05-20

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From: The Athens News Agency at <>


  • [01] Athens stopover by Egypt's Mubarak
  • [02] First Ryanair flight lands at Nea Aghialos
  • [03] Stocks end sharply lower

  • [01] Athens stopover by Egypt's Mubarak

    (ANA-MPA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was received by Republic President Karolos Papoulias at the presidential mansion in Athens on Thursday, as the former arrived in Greece for a brief stopover.

    In welcoming the Egyptian leader, Papoulias stressed that "your presence confirms the excellent bilateral relations shared by our countries," while he pointed out that "there is still room for greater cooperation in the sectors of economy and trade." (ANA-MPA)

    Papoulias also referred to Greek investments in Egypt, underlining that they are worth close to 1 billion US dollars. (ANA-MPA)

    On his part, Mubarak said Greek-Egyptian relations are long standing, while he stressed that the two countries share continuous and decades-old cooperation, commenting that Alexandria is the biggest proof of that. "Alexandria had a large Greek community, which is still active, and many of its members have acquired Egyptian nationality," Mubarak said. (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: ANA-MPA photo / M. MORAGIANNI

    [02] First Ryanair flight lands at Nea Aghialos

    (ANA-MPA) -- An inaugural Ryanair flight arriving from Frankfurt with 138 passengers aboard landed on Thursday at the Nea Aghialos airport near the central Greek port city of Volos, the first-ever flight by the Irish carrier to the specific destination.

    Local officials were on hand to greet the first passengers and to handout brochures highlighting Magnesia prefecture's landmarks.

    Forty-eight passengers flew on the same plane back to Frankfurt.

    [03] Stocks end sharply lower

    Stocks ended at new 2010 lows at the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, pressured by a negative climate prevailing in international markets. The composite index of the market dropped 3.32 pct to end at 1,582.22 points, with turnover a low 112.667 million euros. The Insurance sector was the only one to end higher (3.12 pct), while Banks (4.54 pct) and Financial Services (5.18 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day.

    The FTSE 20 index fell 3.85 pct, the FTSE 40 index ended 1.89 pct down and the FTSE 80 index fell 1.34 pct. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 134 to 46 with another 47 issues unchanged.

    Medicon (17.52 pct), Neorio (10.64 pct), NEL (9.09 pct) and Lanacam (7.84 pct) were top gainers, while Klonatex (14.29 pct), Naftemporiki 13.46 pct), Texapret (10 pct) and Epsilon Net (10 pct) were top losers.

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