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Outgoing Ambassador of Greece in Australia honoured with prestigious Grand Cross

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Archbishop Makarios of Australia welcomed the outgoing Ambassador of Greece in Australia, George Papacostas, to the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia at Redfern, Sydney on Thursday, February 22.

Other guests present on the day included the Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Ioannis Mallikourtis; the Permanent Military Attaché of the Greek Embassy, Colonel Ioannis Fasianos; Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea; Bishop Bartholomew of Charioupolis; and Mr Papacostas’ wife, Gohar Badalyan.

During the visit, Mr Papacostas was honoured for his service to Australia as he prepares to leave the country following the completion of his four-year term.

George Papacostas,
Greece’s Ambassador to Australia, George Papacostas. Photo credit: mfa.gr

Archbishop Makarios honoured the Greek diplomat with the prestigious Grand Cross of the Order of Christ-Loving with a Star.

After receiving his award, the Archbishop farewelled Mr Papacostas and wished him good health, strength and success for his next duties.

Mr Papacostas responded by extending his wishes to Archbishop Makarios for good health and longevity.

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