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On Capitol Hill, AHEPA Works to Hold Turkey Accountable

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With Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Risch.

WASHINGTON — Supreme President George G. Horiates advocated for the policy priorities of the Greek American community with key members of Congress on Capitol Hill, including the heads of Congress’s foreign policy-making committees, Nov. 20, 2019.

“It is critical for the U.S. government to hold Turkey responsible for its illegal actions that challenge American security interests in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East,” Supreme President Horiates said. “Turkey, of course, routinely violates international law in the exclusive economic zone of Cyprus and in the Aegean as it relates to Greece’s sovereignty.  We conveyed our appreciation to those legislators who have acted to hold Turkey accountable, strategized with the Greek American community’s champions on how to move forward with existing and recently introduced legislation, and urged other legislators to act.”

He added, “On behalf of AHEPA, I sincerely thank each of the legislators for their generous time.”

During the day, Horiates spoke with: Senate Foreign Relations Chairman James Risch (R-ID), U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee; U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Appropriations Committee; House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Hellenic Caucus Co-Chairman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD).

With Hellenic Caucus Co-chair Bilirakis.

AHEPA will continue to educate congressional offices about the community’s policy priorities and strongly encourages the Greek American community to contact their members of Congress, especially their U.S. senators, to act to hold Turkey accountable.  (For more, please visit https://ahepa.org/sanction-turkey/)

Horiates added that robust AHEPA membership goes hand-in-hand with, and will aid, effective grassroots mobilization and encouraged individuals to join at www.ahepa.org/join.

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Founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, on the principles that undergirded its fight for civil rights and against discrimination, bigotry, and hatred endured at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, AHEPA is the largest and oldest grassroots association of American citizens of Greek heritage and Philhellenes with more than 400 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Europe. 

AHEPA’s mission 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, please visit www.ahepa.org.

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