Greek President Visits Border, Meets Troops, COVID-19 Workers


President Sakellaropoulou at Kastanies border post in Evros. (Photo by Eurokinissi)

KASTANIES, Greece - Newly-installed Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou went to a border post on Easter to honor troops guarding it and meet health care workers dealing with the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

“With faith, determination and consistency, we can overcome any danger,” the President said during her visit to Military Outpost 1, at Kastanies in northeastern Greece, the spot where Turkey in late February sent 10,000 migrants and tried to get them across before they were repelled by riot police and Army units.

Referring to the pandemic, she said Greece had responded well in imposing an early lockdown that helped prevent the spread of the deadly virus coronavirus pandemic and shown the world how to respond, said Kathimerini.

She said she hoped that next Easter would be better after this year people were not allowed to travel to their villages or islands or congregate for family dinners or with friends and ordered to stay at home.

It is an established custom for politicians to visit military units during Easter but under social distancing guidelines that people stay at least 1.5 meters (4.92 feet) apart, she was not able to do a meet-and-greet with handshakes or get too close to soldiers during the visit.