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PM Samaras 'very pleased' with results of U.S. trip
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras described himself as "very pleased" with the results of his trip to the United States, in statements after meeting United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York. During the visit, Samaras met U.S. President Barack Obama and members of the U.S. government, as well as journalists and members of the Greek-American community.
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met Ban Ki Moon on Friday, outlining Greece’s positions on all issues of concern, such Cyprus and the name dispute with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). He said “an array of issues of international and Greek concern were discussed,” and there had been "a very fruitful discussion and it was an opportunity to explain to the UN Secretary General the Greek positions and viewpoints.” The meeting was also attended by a number of Ban’s associates, including special envoy for the FYROM naming issue, Matthew Nimetz.
Earlier on Friday, the Greek premier met the executive director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) David Harris and visited Ground Zero, the site were the twin towers (World Trade Center) were destroyed in the September 11 terrorist attacks. A memorial service was officiated at the site by Archbishop Demetrios of America in the presence of Samaras, who was then briefed on the construction project for the church of St. Nicholas.