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Significant Hellenistic Statue Found in Alexandria

(ALEX1GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   “A very importantHellenistic statue, very rare in terms of craftsmanship and beauty, and one that depicts a great figure of Hellenic history,” was unearthed on May 4 in Alexandria announced the director of the Hellenic Research Institute of Alexandrian Civilisation.  The 80cm-tall statue was found in very good condition and retains numerous characteristics reminiscent of statues depicting Alexander the Great, however, further investigation is needed to define the identity of the figure it depicts.  The specific statue is regarded as the most important discovery made in Alexandria in recent times, and will soon be on display at the city’s archaeological museum. 

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Greek FM Bakoyiannis meets with Iraqi Counterpart

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and her visiting Iraqi counterpart Hoshyar Zebari held talks in Athens yesterday and agreed on: the establishment of a Greek Economic and Commercial Affairs Office in Iraq, Greece’s assistance in the protection of Iraq’s cultural heritage, and the building of a statue of Alexander the Great in Gaugamela.  Speaking to the press after the meeting, Bakoyannis said the discussions included a review on international developments, particularly the Middle East. She also stressed Greece’s steadfast stance in favour of the unity, independence and territorial integrity of Iraq. Bakoyannis further noted that Greece was “participating in the financing of Iraq’s developmental effort” with emphasis on the improvement of infrastructures.   Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Statements of Foreign Minister and her counterpart Hoshyar Zebari, following their meeting (27.01.2009) & Bilateral Relations: Greece-Iraq