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Bakoyannis Awarded by AHEPA

ahepaa3(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis has been awarded the 2009 Pericles Award by the American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association (AHEPA) during the latter’s 87th annual congress in San Francisco.  In a written message to the congress, Bakoyannis thanked for the great honour and expressed her profound regret for not attending the ceremony.  “AHEPA represents millions of Greeks from abroad and it has played a wonderful role in cultivating and strengthening bilateral relations between Greece and the United States” stressed Bakoyannis and reassured that Greece is really proud for the achievements of the Greek American Community.  Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Address of FM Bakoyannis at AHEPA’s 87th Annual Supreme Convention – Minister honored with the 2009 Pericles Award (photo from a previous meeting)

AHEPA Convention in Athens

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  The 86th annual American Hellenic Educational & Progressive Association‘s (AHEPA) supreme convention commenced in Athens yesterday.The Greek capital is hosting the largest and oldest Greek-American organisation’s main event, for the first time after 38 years. The AHEPA members from Australiasia, Canada, Greece and Cyprus are attending the event in Athens from July 1 to 12 and in Cyprus from July 13 to 15. Addressing the opening ceremony, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis congratulated the Organisation for its valuable contribution to the Greek culture, adding that AHEPA members are genuine ambassadors of the Greek spirit abroad. On his part, the Minister of Economy and Finance George Alogoskoufis highlighted the business opportunities emerging in Greece, focusing on the foreign investments.  AHEPA is the largest and oldest American-based, Greek heritage grassroots membership organization.  It was founded in the United States of America in 1922. Convention Programme; Secretariat General of Information: Links Library-Greek Diaspora & About Greece, Greeks Abroad