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Military cadets graduation gets top-level attendance, including president and visiting officials
Graduating cadets at the Evelpidon Military School in Vari on Monday received their ritual swords from President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias and the Defence Ministers of Greece and Cyprus Dimitris Avramopoulos and Fotis Fotiou, on an official visit to Greece, during a ceremony in this southeastern suburb of Athens.
A total of 249 second lieutenants - including 23 women - graduated. They hailed from several countries besides Greece, including Albania (2 graduates), Armenia (7), Burundi (1) Cameroon (4), Cyprus (29), Jordan (2), Libya (3), Montenegro (2), Nigeria (2), Serbia (1), Syria (2), Popular Republic of Congo (1) and Uganda (1). Graduates include 23 women (22 Greek nationals and one Cyprus national).
The Libyan graduates were given their swords by major general Salem Masoud Ahmed Al-Dnaidy, Libya's armed forces chief, who is on an official visit to Greece.
The ceremony was also attended by government secretary general Panagiotis Baltakos, Parliament Vice-President Yiannis Tragakis, Alternate and Deputy Defence Ministers Fofi Gennimata and Athanasios Davakis. SYRIZA deputy Theodoros Dritsas represented the main opposition and other parties also sent representatives.
Source: Athens News Agency