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Leaders of Greece and Canada attend Greek Independence Day parade in Montreal

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Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, accompanied by his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau, made a significant presence at the March 25 parade organised by Greek Community associations of Greater Montreal on Sunday (local time).

Expressing his gratitude for the invitation, Prime Minister Mitsotakis emphasised the vibrancy of Hellenism in Canada, stating, “the heart of Hellenism beats very strongly here in Canada, and the message of March 25 reverberates lively and timely throughout the world and in Canada as well.”

He further highlighted the historic occasion of Greeks abroad being able to vote by mail from their permanent country of residence for the first time, acknowledging the pivotal role of Canada in this milestone.

Photo: Press Office Canada PM.
Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, accompanied by his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau, made a significant presence at the March 25 parade. Photo: Press Office Canada PM.

Mitsotakis extended his appreciation to Prime Minister Trudeau for the opportunity to partake in the “glorious parade, on this very important day.”

In response, Prime Minister Trudeau commended the Greek Canadian community as “an incredibly dynamic community” that has significantly enriched Canada. He acknowledged the enduring pride of Greek Canadians in their heritage and expressed his delight in joining the celebrations.

Before the parade, both leaders attended a celebratory liturgy at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, underscoring the deep cultural and religious ties between Greece and Canada.

Photo: Press Office Canada PM.
Fostering personal connections within the community. Photo: Press Office Canada PM.

Mitsotakis and Trudeau also engaged with Greek Canadian store owners and customers, fostering personal connections within the community.

During an interview with Canadian TV station CTV and journalist Vassy Kapelos later that day, Mitsotakis highlighted the historic nature of his visit as the first by a Greek prime minister in nearly 41 years.

He elaborated on the bilateral relations between Greece and Canada, as well as the free-trade agreement between Canada and the European Union. Mitsotakis outlined Greece’s evolving economic landscape and emphasised the country’s role as a significant gateway for liquefied natural gas (LNG), particularly in supplying the Greek market, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and potentially Ukraine.

Prime Minister Mitsotakis’ official visit to Canada concluded on Monday, marking a milestone in bilateral relations and reaffirming the strong bonds between the two nations.

Source: amna.gr.

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