“Pupils and teachers, supported by the Greek communities abroad and the Orthodox Church, play a major role in protecting the Greek heritage and Hellenism in general,” according to a written message by Deputy Interior Minister and government spokesman Giorgos Petalotis, read out during an event at Ambetios School here in honor of the top students for their achievements.

Petalotis was scheduled to visit the Greek schools in Cairo during his stay in Egypt, before he was forced to cut his visit short and return to Athens.