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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-01-24

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  • [01] Papoulias begins official visit to Italy

  • [01] Papoulias begins official visit to Italy

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias was received here on Tuesday by his Italian counterpart Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, as coordination and cooperation on issues of regional stability dominated talks. Papoulias arrived in Italy for a five-day official visit.

    Other topics on the agenda were European and Balkan developments, as well as the Middle East and the Cyprus issue. Additionally, Greek-Turkish relations and Turkey's European prospects were also discussed.

    Both men praised the excellent bilateral relations the two countries enjoy in every sector. On his part, Papoulias cited the fact that Italy is Greece's second biggest trade partner, before pointing to mutual support by each country for the other's candidacy in international fora.

    Both heads of state also touched on the growing cooperation between the two countries in the energy sector with the signing of an agreement for the construction of a natural gas pipeline connecting the Caspian Sea region with Europe.

    Ciampi said both countries should exploit opportunities to increase trade and cooperation in the hi-tech sector.

    Finally, Papoulias repeated Athens' standing support for the European prospects of all the countries in the western Balkans.

    Particular emphasis during the talks was given to cooperation in the cultural and educational sectors, especially with the long-sought creation of a Greek archaeological institute in Italy.

    Papoulias is accompanied by Education Minister Marietta Yiannakou, Macedonia-Thrace Minister Nikos Tsiartsonis, Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis and Deputy FM Panayiotis Skandalakis.

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