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Rep. Meng Brings Greece’s New Ambassador to the United States to Queens, NY

QUEENS, NY – U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens), a member of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, brought the Greek Ambassador to the United States for a visit to her congressional district in Queens, New York.

Rep. Meng and Ambassador Ekaterini Nassika held a luncheon on April 22 with the borough’s Greek-American community at Mythos Authentic Greek Cuisine, a local Greek restaurant, where they talked about the importance of the U.S.-Greek relationship and their efforts to further strengthen it.

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng and Ambassador Ekaterini Nassika visited the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church’s day school and preschool with Consul General of Greece in New York Dinos Konstantinou. Photo: Courtesy of Rep. Meng’s office

Prior to the luncheon, Rep. Meng and Ambassador Nassika toured St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Flushing, which the Congresswoman has been to several times in the past. They also visited its day school and preschool and met with Church and school officials, including Fr. Aristidis Garinis.

Ambassador Nassika, who traveled to Queens from the Embassy of Greece in Washington, DC, is a career diplomat. She was appointed as Greece’s Ambassador to the U.S. in November 2023 after serving as the Ambassador of Greece to the Russian Federation. She began her diplomatic career in 1985.

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng and Ambassador Ekaterini Nassika visited the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Shrine Church’s day school and preschool with Consul General of Greece in New York Dinos Konstantinou, at left. Photo: Courtesy of Rep. Meng’s office

Rep. Meng invited Ambassador Nassika to visit Queens last month after the two had an introductory meeting at the Congresswoman’s office on Capitol Hill. Also joining the luncheon and tour was Consul General of Greece in New York Ambassador Dinos Konstantinou.

“It was an honor to host Ambassador Nassika here in Queens and I thank her for visiting our borough,” said Congresswoman Meng. “I am so proud to represent thousands of constituents who are of Greek descent and to support and help grow the crucial ties that exist between the United States and Greece, and between the American and Greek people. Greece is at the forefront of tackling many shared challenges from strengthening democracy and tackling climate change to helping to support our allies Israel and Ukraine and bring stability to the Eastern Mediterranean. I am excited to continue working with Ambassador Nassika and I’m thrilled that I was able to introduce her to the vibrant and thriving Greek-American community in my district. She is welcome in Queens anytime.”

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng and Ambassador Ekaterini Nassika with members of the local Greek-American community, including the National Herald co-publisher/editor Eraklis Diamataris, at right, during the luncheon. Photo: Courtesy of Rep. Meng’s office

“It was great to come to Flushing, Queens, and meet with the local Greek-American community, a strong and vibrant link between Greece and the United States of America,” said Ambassador Nassika. “I was also very glad to see Congresswoman Grace Meng, an active member of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus. We both highlighted the importance of further strengthening the ties between Greece and the U.S. and work closely together in this direction. The contribution of members of the Congress in promoting bilateral cooperation between the U.S. and close partners and allies, like Greece, is always of significance.”

Also among those in attendance at the luncheon were PSEKA and Pancyprian Association President Philip Christopher, AHEPA Past Supreme President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Nicholas A. Karacostas, HALC Vice Chairman Taso Pardalis, District Manager for Community Board 1 Florence Koulouris, and the National Herald co-publisher/editor Eraklis Diamataris.

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