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Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonis Diamataris participates in the proclamation-of-partners ceremony of the National Research Foundation “Eleftherios K. Venizelos” (6 August 2019)

Wednesday, 07 August 2019

The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Diaspora Greeks, Antonis Diamataris, represented Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the proclamation-of-partners ceremony of the National Research Foundation “Eleftherios K. Venizelos” in Chalepa, Chania.

In his speech, the Deputy Minister initially referred to his close ties with Crete, and in particular with Chania, with which he is linked by the memory of the late president, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, “a true friend, a great teacher and a rare politician and person,” as he underscored.

Mr. Diamataris spoke of the important work carried out by the National Research Foundation “Eleftherios K. Venizelos,” congratulating the Foundation’s CEO, Nikos Papadakis, on the exceptional work it does, and also congratulating the former president and current member of the Board of Directors of the friends of the Foundation, Manolis Kalogeris. “The Foundation’s systematic scientific activity on the life and work of Venizelos is a great contribution to Greek and global historiography and deserves to be supported by all of us,” the Deputy Minister stressed. Mr. Diamataris welcomed the Foundation’s decision to honour the Cretan Brotherhood of Melbourne, which has been active in supporting Hellenism for more than 50 years, and Manolis Velivasakis, a distinguished civil engineer and among the most prominent Greeks in the United States, which honours his Greek name and Crete.

Finally, addressing global Hellenism, Mr. Diamataris promised to make every effort to justify the enthusiasm with which his appointment as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs was met by diaspora Greeks.

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