The Indian community in Athens, Greece has expressed excitement and joy at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country.
Thanos Paraschos, chief executive of the Greek startup organization, said it is very important to have leaders like Prime Minister Modi.
“I am here to welcome Prime Minister Modi to Greece. We have seen remarkable advances in technology that have contributed to the world over the past nine years. Yesterday was a remarkable day for humanity, we saw the efforts of Indian space technology come to life,” Paraschos told ANI.
“We are very proud and honored to have Prime Minister Modi in our country. It’s very important for us to have leaders like Prime Minister Modi. India and Greece must work together to build strong ties and make the world a better place,” he added.
Daljeet Singh, who has lived in Greece for 30 years, said: “…It felt good to know that Prime Minister Modi is coming here…It was great of him to open the corridor to Pakistan (Kartarpur corridor). “..We will greet him with ‘Bhangra’…”
A chef in Athens, Jitender, said: “…PM Modi arrives here, we are all very happy. All Greece is very happy. He is very welcome. We congratulate him on the Chandrayaan mission…”
Before the Prime Minister’s visit, members of the Indian community in Greece were seen shouting slogans such as “Bharat Mata ki jai”, “Vande Mataram” and “Modi ji zindabad”.
Prime Minister Modi traveled to Greece on Thursday at the invitation of his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
He left Johannesburg, South Africa, where he attended the BRICS Summit.
During his visit to Greece, Prime Minister Modi will receive a formal reception upon arrival and will also hold meetings with the Greek President and Prime Minister.
The prime minister will meet his Greek counterpart, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and leaders will discuss ways to further deepen ties between the two nations. He will also interact with business leaders from both countries. He will also interact with the Indian community in Greece.
A business lunch by the Greek Prime Minister is also planned during the visit. Prime Minister Modi will also lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Athens and interact with the Indian community there.
MEA said in a press release: “Following his visit to South Africa, the Prime Minister will pay an official visit to Greece on 25 August 2023 at the invitation of HE Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of Greece. This will be the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Greece in 40 years.”
It went on to say, “India and Greece enjoy civilizing ties, which have been strengthened in recent years through cooperation in areas such as maritime transport, defence, trade and investment, and people-to-people ties.”
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