The visit of Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Kostas Vlasis to the USA was completed, during which he held several meetings.
The Greek deputy minister attended the event held at the Saint Demetrios Astoria School on the occasion of the International Greek Language Day.
As he stated in a post on Facebook, “Over 120 children received their Greek language certificates and filled us with pride and optimism. Learning and preserving the Greek language is of the utmost importance to strengthen ecumenical Hellenism.”
During his visit to the US, he also attended the ceremony organized by the Cosmos Fm radio station and the non-profit organization GAEPIS. Archbishop Elpidophoros of America was awarded the 24th Phidippides Award for his work.
Konstantinos Vlasis also held a press conference at the Consulate General of Greece in New York with the participation of representatives of Greek media. “We made the first assessment of my visit to the US and discussed all issues concerning our Greek compatriots who live and work here,” he said.
It is worth noting that the deputy minister met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the dinner the latter hosted for his counterparts and representatives of 25 states in order to discuss religious freedom issues.
At the beginning of his visit, the Greek deputy minister met the Consul General of Greece in New York, Konstantinos Koutras, at the holy site of the under-construction St. Nicholas Church at Ground Zero in New York. “The temple’s opening in September 2021, marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11, will be a powerful message of peace, unity and fraternity,” he said.