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Cyprus and Greece sign MoU on overseas community issues

Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas Affairs Fotis Fotiou

Cyprus and Greece signed in Athens yesterday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on overseas community issues.

The MoU was singed between Presidential Commissioner for Humanitarian Issues and Overseas Affairs Fotis Fotiou and Greek Deputy Foreign Minister for Greeks Abroad, Terens Quick.

The Memorandum provides inter alia, for cooperation between the competent agencies of the governments of Greece and Cyprus, cooperation on the level of organizations of overseas communities, as well as with corresponding competent agencies of third countries.

The MoU places special emphasis on the activation of young Hellenes overseas, promotion of cultural and intangible heritage, and strengthening of learning and dissemination of the Greek language.

In statements to CNA after the conclusion of the signing ceremony, Fotiou said that the meeting with the Greek Deputy Minister was very constructive since besides the MoU they also set the goals as to their cooperation and their expectations from the diaspora during these crucial times for Hellenism.

He said that through the MoU the relations between Cyprus and Greece are being strengthened.

«Cyprus, Greece, the Church, we all proceed together to support the overseas Hellenism so that they can in return give their struggle for Greece and Cyprus”, he pointed out.

In addition, Fotiou described as very important the discussion regarding the cooperation with Israel and Armenia.

«They are two countries where the cooperation of the diaspora could bring about positive results for our country. It is also of great importance the decision to include this issue at the tripartite meeting that will take place in Jerusalem” between Cyprus, Greece and Israel, he pointed out.

Concluding, he said that they discussed ways how overseas business people could contribute to the efforts, like organising business fora in Greece and Cyprus to help them promote the two countries as investment centres.

In his statements after the signing ceremony, the Greek Deputy Minister noted that the decision of Greece and Cyprus to join forces on the issue demonstrates their willingness to strengthen their efforts to the benefit of the people and the two countries through the contribution of the Hellenes abroad.

CNA

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