For Immediate Release
Monday, April 16, 2012
Contact: AHEPA Headquarters
Phone: (202) 232-6300
AHEPA Meets with Turkish President Dr. Abdullah Gül
WASHINGTON - AHEPA National President Dr. John Grossomanides met with President of Turkey Dr. Abdullah Gül in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, April 13, 2012 to continue dialogue on matters of importance to the Greek American community.
"We thank President Gül for the generous amount of time he afforded us today," Dr. Grossomanides said, who made his second visit to Ankara. "We appreciated the opportunity to continue our dialogue with the Turkish government that began in October on matters of importance to the community. The meeting was insightful and productive, and we look forward to maintaining an open line of communication."
AHEPA discussed relations between the United States and Turkey, Greece and Turkey, and religious freedom.
Executive Director Basil Mossaidis accompanied Dr. Grossomanides to Ankara for the meeting.
In addition, American Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr. met with the delegation.
"We deeply appreciate the efforts of Ambassador Ricciardone and his fine embassy staff who helped to coordinate our successful visit to Ankara," said Dr. Grossomanides.
AHEPA was the first Greek American organization to visit Ankara to meet with the Turkish government in May 1997. Subsequent visits occurred in April 1998, May 2001, and October 2011. This is the fifth time AHEPA has visited Ankara to meet with the Turkish government.
AHEPA is the largest Greek-American association in the world with chapters in the United States, Canada, Greece, Cyprus, and sister chapters in Australia and New Zealand. It was established in 1922 by visionary Greek Americans to protect Hellenes from prejudice originating from the KKK, and in its history, AHEPA joined with the NAACP and B'nai B'rith International to fight discrimination.
The mission of the AHEPA family is to promote the ancient Greek ideals of education, philanthropy, civic responsibility and family and individual excellence through community service and volunteerism.
For more information about the AHEPA family, or how to join, please contact AHEPA Headquarters, (202) 232-6300, or visit www.ahepa.org. To learn more about the AHEPA National Educational Foundation, please visit www.ahepa.org/education.