NEW YORK (ANA-MPA/P. Panagiotou) – Photo/Dimitris Panagos
National Defence Minister Panos Kammenos on Monday wrapped up a visit to New York City, where he represented the Greek government in events commemorating the Greek Independence Day (March 25). Early afternoon on Monday he paid a visit to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s headquarters and he met with Archbishop Demetrios.
Events culminated in the annual parade down Fifth Avenue this past Sunday (March 29) which was organised by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York and attended by several dignitaries including the state’s Senator (D) Charles Schumer and House of Representatives (D) Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Archbishop Demetrios of America, Greek representatives from the UN and embassies, and Greek-American community members. Governor Mario Cuomo was the parade’s grand marshal.
During his visit, Kammenos met among others with NYC mayor, Bill de Blasio and is scheduled to meet with Archbishop Demetrios this evening (Greek time), Monday, after meeting with American Jewish Committee representatives.
Kammenos was accompanied in the United States by the National Defence General Staff Chief General Michail Kostarakos and the Hellenic Navy General Staff Chief Vice-Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis.