Ο Υφυπουργός Εξωτερικών, κ. Κωνσταντίνος Βλάσης, απηύθυνε χαιρετισμό στο 99ο Παγκόσμιο Συνέδριο της AHEPA και βραβεύθηκε με το “2021 AHEPA Academy of Achievement Award in Public Service”.
Οι απανταχού AHEPANS, πάντα δραστήριοι, εργάζονται άοκνα για την ενίσχυση των δεσμών της Πατρίδας με τους Έλληνες, όπου κι αν αυτοί βρίσκονται και τους αξίζουν πολλά συγχαρητήρια για την προσφορά τους.
Αναλυτικά η ομιλία του Υφυπουργού Εξωτερικών:
Dear President of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
From the moment President Mr. George Choriatis informed me that I will be awarded with the “2021 AHEPA Academy of Achievement Award in Public Service”, I have been overwhelmed with feelings of joy and gratitude.
Since the beginning of my involvement in politics, but mainly since Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis entrusted me with the sensitive portfolio of the Deputy Foreign Minister for Diaspora Greeks, I am in daily contact with this valuable part of Hellenism that lives and prospers abroad.
During my visits so far, I have had the honor to meet with members of our Diaspora and admire in person your brilliant achievements. I will never forget the day I set foot in your headquarters in the United States, as well as my meetings with AHEPA and their branches around the world. Recently, on June 18, I had the opportunity to participate in the online opening ceremony of the twenty second (22) Annual Conference of AHEPA Greece, which took place in Corfu.
The achievements of AHEPA since its establishment a century ago are well known and widely recognized. Since 1922, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association has grown and has become an example to be followed, both at home and abroad, with dozens of social and infrastructure projects. Projects which help meet the needs of society in a wide range of fields.
The goal of the Greek State is to preserve and to further develop the ties that connect the Greeks living in Greece with those who live Overseas. I assure you that I will continue to be at the forefront of this endeavor.
Allow me to reiterate my feelings of deep gratitude for the great honor to recognize my humble contribution to the public service with this award. I promise you that it will be placed at a special part in my office and in my heart.