Australia’s Governor-General arrives in Greece for historic visit

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The Governor-General of Australia, David Hurley, arrived in Athens, Greece on Monday, making him the first Australian state leader to visit the country in over 25 years.

Mr Hurley and his wife, Linda Hurley, were welcomed at Athens International Airport by Greece’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in Economic Diplomacy, Konstantinos Fragogiannis, and Australia’s Ambassador to Greece, Arthur Spyrou.

In a tweet, Ambassador Spyrou said the Governor-General’s arrival was a “historic occasion.”

During his visit, the Governor-General will have high-level meetings with Greece’s President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Mr Hurley and his wife will also travel to the Greek island of Lemnos for the ground-breaking ceremony for the Lemnos Remembrance Trail and other commemorative events marking the service of Australians on Lemnos during the Gallipoli campaign.

Mr Hurley departed Australia for Greece on April 30 and will attend the Coronation of King Charles in the United Kingdom before returning to Australia on May 10. 

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