Deputy Culture & Tourism Minister Giorgos Nikitiadis met here on Friday with US Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), with the latter expressing her optimism that the east Mediterranean country will overcome its current economic crisis. The long-time Maine Republican, who is of Greek origin, also noted that "fortitude and persistence" is necessary for Athens to achieve its goals, ones leading Greece to economic growth.
Nikitiadis, who thanked Snowe for her unwavering support towards Athens, is in the US metropolis for a series of meetings with major travel agencies and Greek-American groups. He also spoke at the graduation ceremony of the Aghios Demetrios High School in Astoria, NYC, the only Greek-language high school in the United States.