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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-05-01

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  • [01] PMs Karamanlis, Erdogan to meet Thursday
  • [02] President Papoulias visits Qatar
  • [03] PASOK wants debate on energy
  • [04] France to honour Theodorakis

  • [01] PMs Karamanlis, Erdogan to meet Thursday

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to arrive in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, this week, to participate in the Inter-Balkan Cooperation summit, on the sidelines of which he will be meeting his Greek counterpart Costas Karamanlis on Thursday.

    Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyiannis held talks focusing on economic relations with her Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Friday on the sidelines of the informal ministerial meeting of NATO member-states.

    Asked about a possible visit to Turkey by Karamanlis, Bakoyannis had said that the issue will be settled through diplomatic channels.

    ANA-MPA file photo of PM Karamanlis

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    [02] President Papoulias visits Qatar

    President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias, on a tour of the Arabian Peninsula since Saturday, concluded an official visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday and in the afternoon of the same day arrived in Qatar. His tour will include a stop in Bahrain before his return to Athens on May 3.

    Papoulias and the Greek delegation will remain in Qatar until Tuesday, before visting Bahrain and concluding the tour of Arab states on Wednesday.

    The president is being accompanied on his tour by Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas, Merchant Marine Minister Manolis Kefaloyiannis, Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis, Deputy National Economy and Finance Minister Petros Doukas and several Greek government officials.

    Papoulias arrived in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Saturday and was met on his arrival by Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud, the governor of Riyadh, the cabinet and members of the royal family.

    On Saturday evening, Papoulias held talks with Saudi King Abdullah who bestowed a medal to the Greek president. Papoulias later attended a dinner hosted in his honour by the Saudi Monarch.

    Development Minister Sioufas on Saturday also signed with Saudi Arabia's economy minister an agreement for the avoidance of double taxation in air transport, an agreement which Sioufas termed "important."

    On Sunday, the Greek president visited the Consultative Council of Saudi Arabia and later toured Riyadh's enormous modern National Museum. Prior to his departure for Qatar, Papoulias attended a luncheon hosted in his honour by Defence Minister and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Sultan Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud.

    On his part, Sioufas on Sunday met with the board of the Council for Industry and Commerce, the governor of Riyadh and chairman of the Authority for Investments in Saudi Arabia, as well as with the country's Minister of State.

    ANA-MPA file photo of President Papoulias

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    [03] PASOK wants debate on energy

    Main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) Political Council head of the development department, Anna Diamantopoulou, on Monday stated that the party will submit in Parliament on Tuesday an invitation to Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas, in order for energy issues to be discussed.

    Diamantopoulou said that PASOK demands of the government to immediately brief Parliament on the issues of energy planning, the inspection of the fuel market, the opening of the electricity energy market and the situation at the Public Power Corporation (PPC).

    She underlined that the situation at the PPC is "extremely critical."

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    [04] France to honour Theodorakis

    World renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, during a special ceremony which will be held at the French Embassy in Athens on May 17, will be honoured with the highest distinction of France to foreign personalities for their contribution to arts, culture and science.

    French European Affairs Minister Catherine Colonna, who will come to Greece for this purpose, will award to Theodorakis the distinction of Commandeur of the Legion of Honour for his great contribution in the sectors of art and culture.

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