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Greece Welcomes Foreign Dignitaries to Commemorate Bicentennial

ATHENS — The government issued a schedule of meetings with visiting foreign leaders and officials expected in Athens on Wednesday and Thursday to celebrate Greece's bicentennial of the Greek Revolution (1821). 

Events include meetings of Russian, British and French officials with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and a state dinner by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, and will culminate with a military parade on Greek Independence Day, March 25.

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and his spouse Andri was expected to be welcomed by Education Minister Niki Kerameus at Athens International Airport (AIA) on Tuesday evening. The Greek premier will receive Anastasiades at Maximos Mansion at 11:45 on Wednesday morning. 

Russian Federation Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin will be welcomed at the AIA by Finance Minister Christos Staikouras at 14:00 on Wednesday. Mitsotakis will receive Mishustin at Maximos Mansion at 14:30 the same day, and their meeting will be followed by joint statements. 

Later on Wednesday, Prince of Wales Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Camilla will be welcomed by Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias at 17:35, while French Defense Minister Florence Parly will arrive in Athens at 19:05. 

PM Mitsotakis and his spouse, Mareva Grabowski-Mitsotaki, will welcome all guests to the newly refurbished National Gallery at 18:15 on Wednesday, where the premier, Culture Minister Lina Mendoni and National Gallery Director Marina Lambraki-Plaka will deliver addresses, followed by a tour of the gallery.

The event will also be attended by President Sakellaropoulou, French Ambassador to Greece Patrick Maisonneuve, British Ambasssador Kate Smith, President of the committee "Greece 2021" Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki and her spouse Theodoros Aggelopoulos, and Louvre Museum President Jean-Luc Martinez. 

The day's proceedings will conclude with an official dinner at the Presidential Mansion at 20:30. 

On Thursday, Greek Independence Day, internationally acclaimed soprano Anastasia Zannis will sing the national anthem as the Greek flag is hoisted at the Acropolis site at 08:00. A liturgy will follow at Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens at 08:30, before a wreath-laying ceremony at the Unknown Soldier Monument at Syntagma Square at 09:20. 

The military parade will begin at 10:00, in the presence of political, military leaders and visiting guests. 

Following the parade, PM Mitsotakis will meet with Prince Charles at Maximos Mansion at 12:30, prior to the latter's departure at 14:45. 

Anastasiades and spouse arrive in Athens for March 25 events

Cyprus Republic President Nicos Anastasiades and his spouse Andri landed at the Athens International Airport 'Eleftherios Venizelos" shortly before 19:30.

They are in Greece to participate in bicentennial celebrations for the Greek Revolution (1821), and were met at the airport by Education Minister Niki Kerameus and a guard of honor.

Anastasiades is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at Maximos Mansion at 11:45 on Wednesday, after which they will make joint statements, and with President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou and her partner Pavlos Kotsonis at 12:30. In the afternoon they are attending events at the newly reopened National Gallery of Art and at 20:30 they will attend a state dinner at the Presidential Mansion.

They will participate in events on Independence Day, March 25, and depart Athens on Friday evening, at 20:30.

Sakellaropoulou to meet with visiting officials on March 24-25

President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou will be meeting with foreign dignitaries visiting Greece for the bicentennial of the Greek Revolution (1821) on Wednesday and Thursday.

Besides the official program announced earlier – with events at the Acropolis, the refurbished National Gallery of Art and the military parade on Thursday – Sakellaropoulou will host a state dinner on Wednesday night.

In addition, she is scheduled to present archaeologist and historian Jean-Luc Martinez, director of the Louvre Museum, with the decoration of Commander, Order of Honor at the Presidential Mansion at 11:00 on Wednesday. The order is presented to foreigners who have helped promote Greece abroad. This event will be followed by a meeting with Cyprus President Nikos Anastasiadis and his spouse Andri. The president's partner, Pavlos Kotsonis, will also be present.

The Greek president and her partner will also meet with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at 11:30 on Thursday, following the parade at Syntagma.

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