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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-04-16

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

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  • [01] Prime Minister condemns Boston Marathon attack
  • [02] PASOK leader meets with Council on Foreign Relations

  • [01] Prime Minister condemns Boston Marathon attack

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    Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Tuesday expressed his condolences to U.S. President Barack Obama over the deaths caused by twin bomb blasts during the annual Boston Marathon race.

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    "It is with great sorrow that I was informed about the bomb attacks on Boston's Marathon, which resulted in the loss of human lives and many injuries. Such heinous actions, whose targets are innocent citizens, are absolutely condemnable.

    "On behalf of the Greek government and the Greek citizens, who have suffered similar cowardly acts of violence, I want to extend my deepest, heartfelt condolences to the American people and my sincere sympathy to the families of the victims," the premier's message said.

    Messages of condolences were also sent by Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos and Greek parties.

    PASOK, a junior partner in the coalition government, on Tuesday expressed "self-evident indignation" for Monday's bloody and provocative events" in Boston, pointing out that "indiscriminate acts of violence, like those in Boston, during an international celebration of sports and peace, target all free democratic societies."

    It offered "condolences, honest friendship and support to the American people who are being tested once again".

    Main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA-EKM) party on Tuesday expressed its abhorrence for the bomb attacks in Boston and expressed unreserved solidarity with the families of the innocent victims.

    Opposition Communist Party of Greece (KKE) also condemned the bomb attacks in Boston, which killed three people and injured dozens and expressed solidarity with the victims' families, underlining that it is important to find out who is behind the attacks.

    [02] PASOK leader meets with Council on Foreign Relations

    AMNA--PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos reviewed Greek, European and international relations during a working breakfast he hosted for a visiting delegation of the think-tank Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) on Tuesday.

    A PASOK announcement said that the topic of the "very interesting" discussion with the CFR, headed by Ambassador Richard Haass, was the political situation in Greece, the prospects of the governmental collaboration, the crisis in the Eurozone, the Euro-Atlantic relations as they are developing in the context of the current economic and fiscal crisis, the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a review of NATO's and the IMF's role in relation to security and defence policy and economic and monetary policy, respectively, and the wider framework of Greek-American cooperation.

    Venizelos expressed his abhorrence for Monday's "dramatic and provocative" events in Boston and expressed the Greek people's sentiments of friendship and support for the American people.


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