Greek Deputy Foreign Minister for the Diaspora Terens Quick met in New York on Friday with the president of the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, Peter Galatoulas, to discuss the Greek diaspora.
Accompanied by the Greek consul general in New York, Constantine Koutras, Galatoulas welcomed Quick at the offices of the Greek community of New York.
According to the foreign ministry, one of the issues discussed was how to encourage further participation of younger generations of the diaspora in Greek-American organisations.
“I was very happy to hear from Mr. Galatoulas that he has encouraged young Greeks to become members of the federation’s board,” Quick said after the meeting.
He also said Galatoulas had proposed the founding of a Parliament of Young Greeks from Abroad, from global Greek communities.
This would work along the lines of the existing Youth Parliament that encourages people of Greek descent from throughout the world to become active and responsible citizens.
Quick also said the foreign ministry wanted to expand the program of summer holidays in Greece organised by the general secretariat of overseas Greeks, which this summer had quadrupled in number of participants.
The Greek minister also visited the consulate in New York and met with Koutras, and then left for Chicago, where he will join Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ delegation for meetings with officials and community members of Greek descent in the area.