Athens.- (GreekNewsOnline, ANA-MPA)
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is due to arrive in the United States on Sunday evening, landing in Tarpon Springs, Florida participate at the celebrations of the Epiphany and meet with members of the Greek American community. The prime minister is to have a busy schedule of meetings in the United States until Wednesday, including a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday.
Foreign Ministeer Nikos Dendias, U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, along with Supreme President of the AHEPA George Horiates, AHI President Nick Larigakis, Coordinating Effort of Hellenes Andy and Mike Manatos and HALC’s Executive Director Endy Zemenides, talked exclusively to the “Greek News” about the visit.
Mitsotakis will celebrate Epiphany in Florida on Monday before departing for Washington for the meeting with Trump at the White House.
According to government sources, the prime minister’s visit aims to highlight Greece’s fundamental role for the stability of the Balkans and Eastern Mediterranean, as the centre of both regions, and also as the most reliable ally of the United States.
The prime minister’s visit to Washington will additionally have a significant economic aspect as he is scheduled to meet with investors on Wednesday and the head of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva.
His visit to Tarpon Springs, where there is a sizeable Greek community, comes almost a full century after the previous visit to the area by a Greek prime minister, when Eleftherios Venizelos visited on January 30, 1922.
Greek Premier will be accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias and the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Openness Kostas Fragogiannis, Minister of National Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos, Minister of Development Adonis Georgiadis, Minister of Education Niki Kerameus and government spokesman Stelios Petsas.
The schedule of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s official visit to the United States, January 5-8, was released by his office on Friday.
Mitsotakis will depart Athens on Sunday, January 5, and will have the following meetings, in local time (EST), which is seven hours behind Athens time:
Sunday, January 5
Mitsotakis will arrive at Tarpon Springs, Florida where he will meet with representatives of the Greek expatriates’ community at 18:00. There, Mitsotakis will also meet with Tarpon Springs Mayor Chrysostomos Alahouzos and member of the US House of Representatives Gus Bilirakis. Afterwards, Mitsotakis will again have the opportunity to speak with expatriate Greeks during the AHEPA event, attended by the Pancretan Association of America.
Monday, January 6
Mitsotakis will attend the Epiphany celebration in Tarpon Springs. At 10.00 Mitsotakis, accompanied by his wife Mareva Grabowski-Mitsotaki, will attend the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Church in the city. At 13.00 he will attend the Holy Cross ceremony of retrieving the cross from the sea, then meet with expatriates.
Tuesday, January 7
Mitsotakis will head to Washington DC.
At 09.50 Mitsotakis will meet with the leadership of the Atlantic Council, and at 10.15 he will participate in a panel with Atlantic Council Vice President Damon Wilson.
The prime minister will meet with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Director-General Kristalina Georgieva at 11.30 at the IMF headquarters.
At 14.00 Mitsotakis will head for the White House, where he will meet with US President Donald Trump; this will be followed by a meeting of enlarged delegations.
Wednesday, January 8
The Prime Minister will continue his meetings in the US capital.
At 10.00 Mitsotakis will visit the US Senate and meet with members of the Foreign Relations Committee.
At 11.00 he will meet the leaders of Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives.
At 13.00 Mitsotakis will attend a luncheon organized by expatriate organizations.
At 15.00 Mitsotakis will meet with American investors.
At 18.00 Mitsotakis will attend the reception given by US Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.