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Athens News Agency: News in English, 03-09-25

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] FM Papandreou to meet with Turkish counterpart on sidelines of UN Gen.
  • [02] Weather Forecast: Sunshine on Thursday
  • [03] Foreign Exchange Rates - Thursday
  • [04] Simitis receives Hungarian President Madl; EU issues discussed

  • [01] FM Papandreou to meet with Turkish counterpart on sidelines of UN Gen. Assembly

    25/09/2003 11:04:05

    New York (ANA - P. Panagiotou) -- Greek-Turkish bilateral relations, the Cyprus issue, Turkey's European prospect and regional issues such as the Middle East crisis and the situation in Iraq, will be the focus of discussions at Thursday's meeting between Greek foreign minister George Papandreou and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul.

    Papandreou will be meeting separately with Gul, who is due in Athens on October 21 for an official visit, and other counterparts on the sidelines of the 58th annual United Nations General Assembly.

    [02] Weather Forecast: Sunshine on Thursday

    25/09/2003 09:53:14

    All parts of the country will be warm and sunny, with showers possible in the north, mainly on high ground. Winds northerly, light to strong. In the north, temperatures will range from 12C to 26C; on the rest of the mainland from 14C to 31C; and in the islands from 17C to 29C. Temperatures in Athens between 18C and 31C; and in Thessaloniki from 15C to 26C.

    [03] Foreign Exchange Rates - Thursday

    25/09/2003 09:52:48

    Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank

    U.S. dollar 1.155

    Pound sterling 0.698

    Danish kroner 7.488

    Swedish kroner 9.010

    Japanese yen 128.3

    Swiss franc 1.565

    Norwegian kroner 8.142

    Cyprus pound 0.588

    Canadian dollar 1.567

    Australian dollar 1.707

    [04] Simitis receives Hungarian President Madl; EU issues discussed

    24/09/2003 23:36:38

    Greece and Hungarys common interest in the European Unions future as well as strengthening ties between Athens and Budapest dominated talks here on Wednesday between Prime Minister Costas Simitis and visiting Hungarian President Ferenc Madl.

    The meeting at the premiers office came a day after Greek President Kostis Stephanopoulos received Madl.

    Simitis stressed that Athens wants to aid in Hungarys adjustment to the new European Union reality, as well as increasing coordination amongst all EU member-states in light of ongoing work over a new European Constitution. Finally, he noted that Hungary hosted many ethnic Greeks in the aftermath of a civil war in the country (1946-49)

    On his part, Madl expressed his satisfaction over Athens contribution so far to his country EU accession process, noting that bilateral and economic relations have been very healthy for some time.

    Additionally, he referred to the VII European (road) corridor as one area where the two countries can cooperate even more within the Union framework.

    In reference to the timely issue of Europes future, Madl said Budapest backs the notion of a strong Europe in terms of security and foreign policy.

    ?The moment of truth will come at the Intergovernmental Conference. Europe will be called on to prove whether it is able to express its view over its own future. I am, however, certain that until then whatever outstanding issues remaining will have been resolved,? he said.


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