German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Budenbender will be carrying out a two-day visit to Greece at the invitation of President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos.
The German president’s first engagement in Athens starts at 10:00 on Thursday, when he will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier outside the Greek Parliament.
This will be followed by an official welcoming ceremony at the presidential mansion at 10:20 and a meeting with Pavlopoulos, followed by joint statements to the press.
Talks that will also include the delegations of the two sides will follow and Steimeier will visit the government headquarters at the Maximos Mansion for a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at noon.
At 13:20, Steinmeier and Pavlopoulos will visit the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre to attend the event “Young people and the Future of Europe”.
On Thursday afternoon, Steinmeier will be presented with an honorary doctorate from the School of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens , in the presence of the Greek president.
The first day of his visit will end with an official dinner given in honour of the German presidential couple by the Greek president and his wife at the presidential mansion.
On Friday, all four will visit Messinia in the Peloponnese, where they will be given a tour of the archaeological site of Ancient Messene in Ithomi at 11:00 by Professor Petros Themelis. At 13:00 on Friday, Steinmeier will be made a honorary citizen of Kalamata at a special ceremony in the Old Town Hall.
The German presidential couple and the delegation accompanying them are to depart for Berlin at 15:45.