During his visit to New York, Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos discussed with Archbishop Demetrios of America efforts by the Diaspora to help vulnerable sectors of Greeks who have almost no government programs to help them during a crushing economic crisis.
The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of Greece in Washington, Christos Panagopoulos, the Permanent Representative of Greece to the UN, Ambassador Anastasis Mitsialis, Consul General Georgios Iliopoulos as well as members of the Minister of Foreign Affairs staff.
After the meeting, Avramopoulos said “Greece is going through one of the most difficult periods in its history, our country needs the Ecumenical Hellenism by its side and I must say that during the past few years, led by His Eminence, the Diaspora of America gives its own struggle so as the home country regains its lure, Greece rediscovers its orientation, society its unity and our economy its flourishment.”
The Archbishop stated that, “Mr. Avramopoulos is a rare Greek politician, with a great knowledge over both American and international issues. (…) We always welcome him and we always feel him close to us, as a ‘resident’ actually, and a much better judge of the relevant Greek issues compared to other people, either here or in Greece. “