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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-09-24

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  • [01] ND leader tours Athens commercial centre
  • [02] Gov't on major Qatar investment

  • [01] ND leader tours Athens commercial centre

    (ANA-MPA) -- Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras on Friday toured the commercial district of central Athens and visited several shops in the area.

    Samaras was briefed on the problems faced by local merchants and the owners of small enterprises, most of whom cited the lack of liquidity in market, the so-called "black market" entailed in illegal street trade and what they called rising crime in the area. (ANA-MPA)

    The ND leader, in his statements, appealed to the government to realise that the economic policy it follows is wrong. "The depth of the crisis is shown here, where the heart of real market beats," said Samaras, and called on the prime minister to come and see for himself the repercussions of the recession. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Gov't on major Qatar investment

    (ANA-MPA) -- The government spokesman was pressed on Friday over details of an investment agreement between Greece and Qatar, dismissing reports of a "Las Vegas-style" development and the opening of a new casino in southern coastal Athens.

    Spokesman Giorgos Petalotis made the statement a day after Greek and Qatari leaders signed the deal in New York City. (ANA-MPA)

    In an earlier statement. the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) charged that the Qatar investment will turn the grounds at the Helliniko site -- where the runways, twin terminals, and hangers of the old Athens airport are located -- into a second "Las Vegas". According to KKE "the government's plans to turn the Helliniko area into a casino, marinas, luxury hotel complexes and private air fields have nothing to do with the needs and aggravated problems of the people."

    Conversely, Petalotis pointed out that Helliniko is not included in the agreement, and pointed to mere press "scenarios", underlining that the framework of cooperation concerns development and the strengthening of the economic cooperation in specific sectors, the sector of development in particular. (ANA-MPA)

    He underlined that Qatar will undertake investments of five billion euros, stressing that it is among the most reliable investors worldwide, (ANA-MPA) and added that "it is important for us to have the confidence of serious investors." (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: A file photo shows the popular Mikrolimano harbour in Piraeus, a well-known tourist attraction. ANA-MPA

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