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PM Mitsotakis Celebrates Greek Independence Day in Toronto 

TORONTO – On March 25, Mitsotakis, alongside Trudeau, attended a community event in a packed hall of the Toronto Convention Centre. “I am very happy to be here with you today to celebrate Greek Independence Day,” Mitsotakis said at the beginning of his speech. He noted also that Greece “has always been at the side Canada, on the right side of history. Part of our history is also the history of migration. It’s the story of those Greeks who in difficult times, your parents, your grandparents, decided to leave Greece in search of a better future. Many of them decided to make Canada their second homeland.”

He continued to  pay tribute to the Hellenes present by noting “[you] who hold Greece in your hearts, sing both National Anthems with the same vigor and enthusiasm.”

Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, presents Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, with a sculpture at an event hosted by the Hellenic community in Toronto on Monday, March 25, 2024. (Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press via AP)

Mitsotakis also referred, among other things, to the business opportunities, as well as the ties that bind the two countries, and the fields in which they cooperate to address global challenges. He also stressed to the members of the Diaspora the importance of participation in elections through the new postal voting system, saying “it is important for us to make this endeavor succeed, and I am sure that it will happen, and we will continue to support the Diaspora and strengthen the ties between the homeland and those of you who make great efforts to ensure that your children, your grandchildren are educated, that your children speak the language.”

He then presented his message about the good things happening in Greece under his government, noting that the Greece he envisions is a country where young people will not leave out of necessity but only by choice, emphasizing that the government and he himself are working towards that goal.

Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis, right, accepts a gift of Toronto Raptors merchandise from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at an event hosted by the Hellenic community in Toronto on Monday, March 25, 2024. (Arlyn McAdorey/The Canadian Press via AP)

Earlier, Mitsotakis had a discussion with Greek-Canadian entrepreneur Nik Nanos at an event of the Economic Club of Toronto. There he spotlighted Greece’s overcoming of economic difficulties and shaping a more attractive investment environment, spotlighting that “we are leaders in the market in renewable energy sources and other sectors. In Southeastern Europe, we are a technology hub.”

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