Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras was on a tour of Crete on Tuesday, during which he met with representatives of the tourism, health and commerce sectors, while in the afternoon he will attend a meeting at the local Technical Chamber.
Samaras also visited the tombs of Eleftherios and Sophocles Venizelos, where he laid a wreath.

"I believe that, in these difficult hours we are facing today, from here in Crete, the land of the great and heroic struggles, we must send a message of honor that, even under the present difficult conditions, and provided there is a plan, faith and persistence, we, too, will succeed," Samaras said.

Regarding the late statesman and several times prime minister Eleftherios Venizelos, the ND leader said that "he taught the entire world the art of negotiation".

"We are here today in a show of respect and gratitude to one of the greatest Greek leaders, Eleftherios Venizelos, who succeeded in combing the great vision with pure realism in the art of diplomacy, and who succeeded, under very adverse conditions, to teach the art of negotiation to the entire world".