Merkel will visit Athens on the day the Greeks said no to the Axis powers in 1940

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Greece October 28-29, her spokeswoman in Berlin said Friday.

The date of the visit may also be symbolic, as it coincides with National Day on October 28, the day that the Greeks celebrate as OHI Day, when the country said no to the Axis occupation in 1940.

Merkel will meet with President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The official dinner will take place on Thursday 28 October, and a joint press conference by Merkel and Mitsotakis is scheduled for the afternoon of Friday 29 October.

The visit of the German Chancellor to Athens is “an important sign of close, and in a spirit of trust, cooperation between the two countries, including in the European context,” said Ulrike Demmer, Deputy Speaker of the German Federal Government. She added that there are many issues of common interest, such as climate, health and migration, in which Germany and Greece work closely together. During the meeting with the Greek Prime Minister, bilateral relations, issues of European and international politics, economic cooperation will be discussed, Demmer said.

The Chancellor will also meet with young representatives of civil society.

Merkel is visiting the country at the invitation of the Greek prime minister, but before she steps down after 16 years in power.

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