Led by Supreme President Jimmy Kokotas, the annual AHEPA Family Leadership Excursion is underway in Greece. In a series of high-level meetings with government officials, the delegation met with: President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (more here), U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt, President of the Hellenic Parliament Konstantinos Tasoulas, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, Tourism Minister Vasilis Kikilias, Health Minister Thanos Plevris, Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Katsaniotis, and Secretary General for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy Prof. John Chrysoulakis.
The delegation also received a detailed defense briefing by Greece’s Minister of National Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos and General Konstantinos Floros, who is the chief of the Hellenic National General Staff, at the Ministry of Defense (Greek Pentagon).
At each meeting, the officials conveyed appreciation and commended AHEPA and the Daughters of Penelope for the important roles the organizations play in strengthening and promoting U.S.-Greece relations. They also congratulated AHEPA on its centennial anniversary.
“We are very grateful for all of the government officials’ time and thank them for their recognition of the AHEPA family’s work,” Supreme President Kokotas said. “We appreciated the fruitful discussion that aimed to advance the U.S.-Greece strategic partnership, especially people-to-people ties.”
Prior to arriving in Athens, the delegation visited Alexandroupoli for the dedication of an AHEPA Museum. The renovated building where the museum is housed is a post-World War II former AHEPA medical center built in 1948. The delegation also met American and Greek military personnel (pictured) working at the port to transport equipment to the region
Accompanying Supreme President Kokotas on the Greece portion of the trip are: DOP Grand President Kathy Bizoukas, Chairman of the Board Nicholas A. Karacostas, PSP; AHEPA Canada President Emmanuel Constas, Supreme Vice President Louis G. Atsaves, Supreme Secretary Savas Tsivikos, Supreme Governor Yiannis Mitropoulos, PSP George G. Horiates, DOP Hellas Liaison Maria Sofianou, AHEPA District 25 Governor Kostas Varsamis, AHEPA Executive Director Basil Mossaidis, and DOP Executive Director Elena Saviolakis.