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

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  • [01] President Papoulias holds cordial meeting with Libyan leader Qaddafi in Tripoli
  • [02] PASOK's Diamantopoulou meets with Competition Committee

  • [01] President Papoulias holds cordial meeting with Libyan leader Qaddafi in Tripoli

    The meeting in Tripoli, Libya, late on Monday night between visiting President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias and Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi was held in a cordial atmosphere.

    The Libyan leader received the Greek president and his entourage in the known Tent where he hosts foreign senior officials who visit Libya.

    Earlier, President Papoulias met with Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi.

    Papoulias and Qaddafi talked for about an hour, both at the meeting that took place in the presence of Culture Minister George Voulgarakis, Deputy Foreign Ministers Evripides Stylianidis and Yannis Valynakis and Deputy National Economy and Finance Minister Petros Doukas, as well as at the dinner which Qaddafi hosted in honour of the Greek delegation.

    The two leaders did not make any statements.

    President 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] PASOK's Diamantopoulou meets with Competition Committee

    Anna Diamantopoulou, head of main opposition PASOK's Development, Competitiveness and Consumer Policy Division, commented on a range of issues during her meeting with the Competition Committee on Monday.

    "Mr. [Finance Minister George] Alogoskoufis, as the person responsible for dragging the country through the mud and creating all the problems shouldered by the Greek working people should humbly apologise rather than attack once again PASOK and Europe," she said, responding to Alogoskoufis' earlier comments regarding Eurostat.

    Referring to rumours that PASOK President George Papandreou may be called before the Institutions and Transparency Committee regarding the phone-tap affair, Diamantopoulou said: "We see an orchestrated attempt to place responsibility in places where even science-fiction scenarios couldn't place them. Neither public opinion nor the political system can accept such 'cheap' type of manoueverings."

    As for the role of the Competition Committee, Diamantopoulou said it plays a very important role regarding the economy and consumer protection.

    She said many problems exist which involve the concentration of ownership, the improper operation of companies and inspections which do not meet market demands neither in terms of quantity or quality.

    On his part, Spyros Zisimopoulos, head of the committee, said "At present, we have all the requirements as a Committee to operate properly. From that point on it's a matter of management and my personal responsibility to do so. The future will judge the work of the Committee and mainly, my work."

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