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February 3, 2017—No. 03 (202) 785-8430

AHI Presents Policy Agenda to New Congress

WASHINGTON, DC —The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) President Nick Larigakis and Legislative Director Georgea Polizos met in January with members of Congress to review AHI’s policy agenda for the 115th Congress and to provide updates on the latest developments in the eastern Mediterranean.  

The legislators they met with were: U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), co-chairs, Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues; Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), chair, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa; Ted Deutch (D-FL), co-chair, Congressional Hellenic Israeli Alliance, and ranking member, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa; Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Grace Meng (D-NY), member, House Appropriations Committee; Dina Titus (D-NV), member, House Foreign Affairs Committee; and Niki Tsongas (D-MA).  Larigakis and Polizos also met with the senior foreign affairs staff of U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), who is the ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; and staff of U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA).

“As part of our ongoing outreach to Congress and to the administration, we provided the officials with an overview of AHI’s policy objectives and brought them up-to-speed on developments in the region,” Larigakis said. “As a new Congress begins, it is important to raise awareness and continue dialogue with policymakers as well as advising them that AHI serves as a resource of information for them.  We thank them for their time and interest in issues affecting the Greek American community.”  

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



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