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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonis Diamataris participates in the 9th World Conference of Cretans (Heraklion, 3 August 2019)

Monday, 05 August 2019

The 9th World Conference of Cretans took place on Saturday, 3 August 2019, at the Heraklion Cultural Centre, with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Diaspora Greeks, Antonis Diamataris, the president of the Global Conference of Cretans, Manolis Kougioumtzis, and many other officials and conference-goers in attendance.

During his speech, Mr. Diamataris stressed the close ties he maintains with Crete, making special reference to his love for the great writer Nikos Kazantzakis and his friendship with the late great politician Konstantinos Mitsotakis. He then stressed that his faith in the prime minister and his will to put his knowledge and personal experience at the service of all diaspora Greeks led him to accept the position of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Diaspora Greeks. “It is not an easy struggle. There are many obstacles, as you well know. Obstacles of bureaucracy and mindset. But the government is also very determined. It is time to pursue even closer relations between the homeland and diaspora Greeks. It is time for the Greeks of Greece to understand that the country will never realise its true potential without diaspora Hellenism. But it is also time for us, the diaspora Greeks, to realise that we will not survive – and, mainly, our children will not survive – if we lose our point of reference, our homeland, our Greece,” the Deputy Minister underscored.

In closing the Conference, Mr. Diamataris conferred an award on the internationally renowned professor of Computer Science at MIT and member of the University’s Artificial Intelligence research Center, Konstantinos Daskalakis. “Mr. Daskalakis is a great representative of Greece in America, national capital that we, as the government, must acknowledge and honour, just as you so rightly honour him. People like Mr. Daskalakis add stature to Hellenism,” Mr. Diamataris noted.

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