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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-09-20

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  • [01] FM meets Prince Saud al-Faisal
  • [02] 'No red zones in Athens'
  • [03] ASE opening: Marginal rise

  • [01] FM meets Prince Saud al-Faisal

    New York (ANA-MPA/P. Panagiotou) -- Foreign minister Dimitris Droutsas, who is accompanying prime minister George Papandreou on a visit to the US for the 65th UN General Assembly, met late Sunday night (Greek time) with his Saudi Arabian counterpart Prince Saud al-Faisal, and accepted an invitation from the latter to visit Riyadh.

    During their meeting, the two foreign ministers discussed a wide range of issues covering bilateral relations as well as the wider region and the situation in the Middle East.

    The 45-minute meeting took place in a "friendly and constructive" climate, and Droutsas briefed Saud on Greek foreign policy issues, including Greek-Turkish relations and the latest developments in the Cyprus issue following the proposals put forward recently by Cyprus President Demetris Christofias.

    They also discussed the new Middle East peace process and prospects, putting emphasis on the need of settling disputes through peace efforts.

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    [02] 'No red zones in Athens'

    "I will not accept red zones in Athens," Citizens Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis said in an interview published on Monday in the daily newspaper "TA NEA", and announced that controls at Greek borders will be intensified and the international law on illegal migrants' readmission will be fully implemented.

    "Greece is not a 'fenceless land'. It is a modern country, an open, hospitable and democratic society with sensitivity and understanding for people seeking a new homeland. But there are limits. Our top priority is to guarantee security and quality of life to the Greek citizen and to those who want to respect the laws of the Greek state," underlined Papoutsis.

    Referring to existing problems in districts of Athens that have lately been the scenes of violence among migrant groups, he stressed that lawlessness is not acceptable "I will not allow red zones in the city of Athens. I pledge that Athens' neighborhoods will become humane again" adding that what comes foremost is clean and safe living conditions for all city residents.

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    [03] ASE opening: Marginal rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Monday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.08 percent, standing at 1,525.43 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 12.640 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were mixed, with the biggest gains in Financial Services, up 1.11 percent; and Personal and Household Goods, up 1.96 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Health, down 4.61 percent; and Insurance, down 1.42 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.07 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.04 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.20 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 41 were up, 27 were down, and 18 were unchanged.

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