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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-01-27

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  • [01] Karamanlis to receive Bill Gates on Monday

  • [01] Karamanlis to receive Bill Gates on Monday

    Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will receive Microsoft founder Bill Gates on Monday morning at his Maximos Mansion office, and will later attend the inauguration of the US multinational's innovative centre in Athens.

    At noon, Karamanlis will meet with Merchant Marine and Island Policy Minister George Voulgarakis and at 1 p.m. with Cypriot presidential candidate Ioannis Kasoulides.

    Meanwhile, speaking in Istanbul, Turkey on Friday, Karamanlis referred to the development of economic and trade relations and the promotion of investments as the groundwork for broader, mutually beneficial cooperation between Greece and Turkey.

    Karamanlis addressed the Turkish-Greek Business Forum in Istanbul on the final day of his groundbreaking three-day official visit to Turkey. The Forum was also attended by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    Addressing the Forum, Karamanlis said that the expediency of such meetings was not limited to the purely economic level, stressing that the development of economic and commercial relations and promotion of investments formed the groundwork for broader, mutually beneficial, cooperation between the two countries and peoples.

    I believe that our economic collaborations pave the way for greater rapprochement between us and highlight in the most visible way the lost ground that tension and friction cost us. In that sense, they lay the groundwork for constant deepening of our bilateral relations," Karamanlis said.

    ‘he prime minister said that a substantial institutional framework of cooperation has already been formed, but added that he looked forward to its expansion to all sectors of mutual interest, so that there will be no ambiguity or uncertainty over the legal framework regulating bilateral economic relations.

    He said that the dialogue on advancing the economic relations between the two countries must be continuous, and noted the Greek side's proposal that the 11th conference of the Greek-Turkish Cooperation Group on Trade and Economic Cooperation be convened in Athens in early February, while the 4th conference of the Greek-Turkish inter-ministerial economic committee was due to be held in Turkey in the first quarter of 2008.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

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