Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met separately with Archbishop Makarios of Australia and Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) President Bill Papastergiadis at his offices in Athens, Greece.
Both meetings were held in the presence of Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Andreas Katsaniotis.
According to a Twitter post, Dendias’ meeting with Mr. Papastergiadis focused on the activities of the GCM and the initiatives of the Greek Foreign Ministry “for continued support to the Greek community with improved consular programs and services”.
Papastergiadis’ meeting with Dendias comes after the GCM President also met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Secretary General for Greeks Abroad and Public Diplomacy John Chrysoulakis and Greek Minister of Culture, Lina Mendoni, in Greece earlier this year.
In his separate meeting with Bishop MakariosDendias referred to “the precious spiritual work of the Archdiocese and its contribution to strengthening relations with the Greek diaspora in Australia”.
Archbishop Makarios visited Greece this month and recently paid an official visit to the Greek island of Kastellorizo on Friday, September 2.
During the three-day visit, Bishop Makarios celebrated the wedding of a Greek-Australian couple and connected with more than 200 Kastellorizian Australians who are currently on the island.
The Archbishop also met Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Constantinople in August.