Boutaris and Kotzias visit FYROM

first_imgTwo of the most prominent Greek officials paid a visit to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) last week, in two separate events that combined, show a pattern. On Tuesday the Mayor of Thessaloniki, Yiannis Boutaris flew to Skopje, accepting the invitation of President Gjorge Ivanov. The two men have knitted a close relationship in recent years. On the following day, the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias followed suit in what is seen as a bid to thaw relations between the two countries. Invited by his counterpart, Nikola Poposki, Kotzias was among the keynote speakers at an annual gathering of FYROM ambassadors. His appearance affirmed hopes that the time has come for a mutually agreed resolution to the decades-old name dispute.The two countries have been working closely addressing the refugee crisis, which has created a common ground for further building a stronger relationship. Two weeks ago, the Greek government sent assistance to FYROM, in order for the flood-stricken country to deal with the damages. The Secretariat General for Citizen protection, with the assistance of the Hellenic Fire Service, arranged for the sending of five portable pumps and five generators to assist those hit by the floods. Apart from that, the Ministry of Citizen Protection along with the FYROM Ministry of Interior came to an agreement for granting additional assistance to FYROM authorities to meet the needs of those hit by the floods. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThis month’s unravelling of Crystal Expeditions Cruises’ full 2021 program for the all-suite Crystal Endeavor reveals a diverse mix of brand-new itineraries, including a detailed exploration of southern Australia and along the west coast.Operating from Melbourne on 24 March 2021 will be a 10-night Great Australian Adventure sailing through to Perth. The one-of-a-kind exploration will include a selection of up-close and maiden calls for Crystal at King Island in Bass Strait, Port Lincoln in South Australia and Middle Island, Western Australia.The voyage will also include stops at Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, Albany and Busselton, but it’s Crystal Endeavor‘s smaller size (at just 200 guests) that will enable the company to unlock some of the most remote locations along the bottom of Australia’s mainland.Lake Hillier, Middle Island, Western AustraliaItinerary highlights will include the Barossa Valley and Margaret River wine regions, Torndirrup and Lincoln National Parks and the Middleton Beach Boardwalk Trail. But perhaps the most unique destination of the journey will be an exploration of the rugged Middle Island in the Recherche Archipelago off the WA coastline.Middle Island is a virtual wildlife sanctuary and breeding colony of penguins, home to sapphire-blue waters and the remarkable Lake Hillier, also billed as “Bubble Gum Lake” due to its brilliant pink hue.Crystal Endeavor’s 10-night Great Australian AdventureKaren Christensen, Crystal’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Australasia said Australia was home to spectacular fauna and flora and stunning locales that attract adventurers from around the globe.“The size of Crystal Endeavor allows her to visit remote and secluded destinations unattainable for larger vessels, taking guests to Middle Island to visit the world-famous pink Lake Hillier, for example, and visiting locations teeming with Australian wildlife such as the elusive platypus and rare parrots of King Island, Tasmania,” Christensen told LATTE.“Australia’s landscape provides an incredibly diverse range of experiences – whether in true expedition style or cultural discoveries – exploring the many renowned wine, cheese and seafood destinations. The Great Australian Adventure itinerary features the same diversity, and I am confident that the world’s largest and most spacious luxury expedition yacht will encounter ports of call that will attract locals and globe-trotters alike.”Turquoise Bay, Ningaloo, Western AustraliaImmediately following the Great Australian Adventure will be a 13-night Expedition to the Java Sea from Perth to Singapore, departing on 3 April 2021. It also features a number of new port calls in Western Australia for Crystal: Jurien Bay, Abrolohos Islands and Turquoise Bay at Ningaloo. That voyage will then track further north, stopping at Christmas Island before exploring regions of Indonesia and concluding in Singapore.Abrolhos Islands, Western AustraliaThe Great Australian Adventure itinerary is currently priced from US$11,699 per person twin share for an S7 Deluxe Suite, when booked by 30 April 2019.Fares for the Expedition to the Java Sea start at US$14,949 per person twin share.Lead image: King Island, TasmaniaGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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