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Newly Confirmed American Ambassador to Greece Meets with AHI

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September 13, 2010—No. 54 (202) 785-8430

Newly Confirmed American Ambassador to Greece Meets with AHI

WASHINGTON, DC —The newly confirmed American Ambassador to Greece Daniel B. Smith visited the American Hellenic Institute’s Hellenic House on September 8, 2010 as part of his preparations before departing for his new post this weekend.

“We were honored to have Ambassador Smith visit Hellenic House,” Executive Director Nick Larigakis said. “We greatly appreciated the substantive and candid discussion we had on issues of importance to the community. We look forward to growing our relationship in the effort to strengthen U.S. relations with Greece and in the pursuit of our common goals and objectives.”

The discussion focused on a wide array of topics, including:  initiatives to strengthen U.S. relations with Greece, the reunification of Cyprus, the FYROM name dispute issue, the Greek economy, Greece’s important role as the United States’ key strategic, political and economic ally in southeast Europe and the eastern Mediterranean; and the plight of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Christopher Snipes, Senior Greek Desk Officer, U.S. Department of State, accompanied the ambassador.  AHI Founder Gene Rossides, Executive Director Larigakis, Board of Directors James L. Marketos, Esq., and Kostas Alexakis, and AHI staff met with Ambassador Smith.

The American Hellenic Institute is a non-profit independent Greek American public policy center that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek American community.

Nick Larigakis, Gene Rossides, Ambassador Daniel Smith, Kostas Alexakis, James Marketos.





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