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Opening of the Foreign Ministry exhibit marking the 2500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Culture & Tourism (excerpts)

Wednesday, 05 January 2011

Main points

Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas:

· “Beyond promoting Greece to our international friends and partners, we also need to remind ourselves that there is a Greece of values, of creativity and of great accomplishments. This is the real Greece that has remained unchanged and intact despite the difficulties we are facing, and we mustn’t forget this.”

· “In our day, we have need of spiritual orientation in a world that appears to be changing quickly, from day to day. Individually and as a society, we need a firm frame of reference. We mustn’t become disoriented. In 2010, we managed to check the negative dynamic of the economic recession, and our goal – our national goal – for 2011 is to definitively overcome the crisis and once again move ahead. We have the will, and mainly we have the moral reserves, our historical past, from which we derive strength.”

Culture & Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos:

· “What we were able to show through the anniversary of the Battle of Marathon is that if we make good use of all of Greece’s comparative advantages, we can promote Greece abroad in the best possible manner.”

· “We want to make Athens a destination in the coming year, and we would like to show off things like the Marathon anniversary year round so that we can attract visitors from all over the world.”

Mr. Giorgos Dolianitis

· “The Battle of Marathon will inspire and give meaning to the lives of those who have struggled and continue to struggle for their freedom and the freedom of others.”

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