Peres to head to Greece for three-day state visit

August 5, 2012 16:38


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A three day state visit to Greece will symbolize the closing of a circle for President Shimon Peres. Nearly seventy years ago, the president's father Yitzhak Persky, then a soldier in the British Army, found refuge from the Nazis in a Greek monastery, spending a year in hiding before he was finally apprehended and sent to a Nazi prison camp near Auschwitz.

Peres, who will leave for Greece today, Monday, at the invitation of Greek President Karolos Papoulias, will take the opportunity to thank the Greek people for the compassion and many kindnesses from which his father benefited.

The new Greek Government headed by Antonis Samaras is eager to strengthen its strategic relationship with Israel and to broaden the scope of bilateral cooperation specifically in the fields of politics, security and economics.

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