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Greek Defence Minister on official visit to Cyprus

File photo: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (R) talks with Panos Kammenos (L), Defence Minister

Greek Minister of National Defence Panos Kammenos arrives today Wednesday in Cyprus for an official two-day visit, his first on the island after assuming his post following elections in Greece, on January 25.

According to the visit`s schedule, the Minister will arrive on Wednesday morning, and the official welcoming ceremony will take place at the National Guard General Staff, in Nicosia, in the presence of his Cypriot counterpart Christoforos Phokaides.

Afterwards, the two men will have a tête-à-tête meeting, to be followed by a meeting with the delegations of both sides, while they will later speak to the Press.

In the afternoon, Kammenos will visit the graves of Greek Cypriots hung by the British during the anti-colonial struggle in the mid 50s. He will meet thereafter with House President Yiannakis Omirou, Cyprus Archbishop Chrysostomos II and Nikiforos, Metropolitan of Kykkos.

At night, the Greek Minister will attend an official banquet, organised in his honor by the Cypriot Minister of Defence.

During his second day, Kammenos will lay a wreath at a war memorial and military cemetery in Nicosia, and will later visit the military camp of the Hellenic Force in Cyprus.

Before his departure, on Thursday noon, Kammenos will also attend a meeting concerning persons who are missing since the 1974 Turkish invasion. The meeting will be also attended by Cypriot Defence Minister, the Presidential Commissioner Fotis Fotiou and the Greek Cypriot member in the Committee on Missing Persons Nestoras Nestoros.

CNA



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