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AHI Delegation Departs on its Annual Trip to Greece and Cyprus
May 27, 2005—No.57 (202) 785-8430

AHI Delegation Departs on its Annual Trip to Greece and Cyprus

WASHINGTON, DC—The annual AHI delegation departs tomorrow for a two-week trip to Cyprus and Greece. A delegation representing the American Hellenic Institute will travel from May 29-June 10, 2005, making stops in Nicosia, Thessaloniki and Athens. The delegation is scheduled to meet with government officials and business leaders in both countries to discuss items of mutual concern and cooperation. Through this visit, the delegation aims to advance and project AHI's goals and objectives in Greece and Cyprus.

Highlights of the trip include meetings with President of the Republic of Cyprus, Tassos Papadopoulos and President of the Hellenic Republic, Karolos Papoulias. Additionally, AHI will kick off its 1st Annual Athens Hellenic Heritage Achievement and National Public Service Awards Dinner on June 7, 2005, honoring former President of the Hellenic Republic Konstantinos Stephanopoulos.

Further, the delegation will meet with U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus Michael Klosson, U.S. Ambassador to Greece Charles Ries, and U.S. Consul General to Thessaloniki Demetra Pappas.

The delegation includes: AHI President Gene Rossides, AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis, AHI Athens Chapter President Ilias Malevitis, Advisory Committee Members Kostas Alexakis, Van Coufoudakis, Nicholas G. Karambelas and President of the Hellenic American National Council Ted G. Spyropoulos. In addition, four other AHI members will participate including: Erica Knickman-Spyropoulos, Costas G. Alexandrides, Takey Crist and Elias Papadopoulos.

The delegation will conduct meetings in Nicosia from May 29-June 2, then will proceed to Thessaloniki, staying there from June 2-June 4, and concluding the trip in Athens from June 5-June 10.


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