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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-03-13

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  • [01] President Papoulias visits Libya
  • [02] State of emergency declared in Evros prefecture

  • [01] President Papoulias visits Libya

    President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias expressed Greece's desire to further invest in Libya's oil industry during his meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi in Tripoli on Monday.

    "A new chapter regarding Greek-Libyan relations has begun with a new momentum that is based on mutual political volition to promote relations for the benefit of both peoples," Papoulias said during the signing of two bilateral agreements in the tourism and cultural exchanges sectors.

    "Greece and Libya can also cooperate in the Balkan and Black Sea regions," Papoulias noted.

    Mahmudi, who signed the agreements with Greek Culture Minister George Voulgarakis and Deputy Foreign Minister Evripidis Stylianidis, said he was pleased with Papoulias' visit, whom he called "a beloved friend of the leader of the revolution."

    Mahmudi also referred to a new period of economic cooperation between the two countries and called on the Greek business community to invest in Libya.

    Papoulias was due to meet with Libyan President Muammar al-Qadaffi later on Monday evening.

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    [02] State of emergency declared in Evros prefecture

    A state of emergency has been declared in northeast Evros prefecture due to flooding from the overflowing Evros River and its tributaries, with 2,800 hectares reported under water so far.

    According to reports early on Monday, the water level on the Evros reached the 6.15-metre mark, easily exceeding the 5.7-metre emergency level following days of rainfall in the region and neighboring Bulgaria.

    Authorities estimate that the water level will continue to rise over the coming 48 hours due to increased volumes of water from the Arda tributary and because of overflows in several levees located in southeastern Bulgaria.

    Local residents have also been warned to stay away from the river banks and to move farm equipment and livestock to higher ground.

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