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President Clinton Invites Greek Orthodox Archbishop Demetrios to
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02 Apr 2000 20:10:34
March 31, 2000
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Dept. of Communications
Contact: Nikki Stephanopoulos
Tel: (212) 570-3530
March 30, 2000
PRESIDENT CLINTON INVITES ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS TO PRIVATE MEETING
DURING NEW YORK CITY VISIT
New York, NY - President William Jefferson Clinton, during his visit to
New York City today, invited His Eminence ArchbishopDemetrios,
spiritual leader of 1.5 million Greek Orthodox faithful in America, for
a private meeting at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
"I welcome the kind invitation of President Clinton," said His
Eminence, "for the opportunity to meet with him once again to discuss
issues of mutual concern regarding Greece and Cyprus, as well as the
reopening of the Theological School of Halki."
The Archbishop told the President how much he enjoyed being with the
First Lady last week at a celebration of Greek Independence Day in
Astoria, and also thanked him for the official Presidential
Proclamation declaring March 25th, 2000, as "Greek Independence Day: A
National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy."
President Clinton indicated that he had wanted to meet today with
Archbishop Demetrios, the leader of the Greek American community, since
he was not able to have the traditional signing of the Proclamation in
the White House on March 25th because of his official trip to India and
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