Members of the Greek community of Alexandria to return after decades for a special ceremony

Members of the once thriving Greek community of Alexandria, of Greek and Greek Cypriot descent, will return once more to the city they grew up to attend a ceremony on May 1st in the Library of Alexandria, in the presence of the Presidents of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt.

The event is part of the program Nostos, the Return in the framework of the trilateral cooperation between Nicosia, Athens and Cairo on diaspora matters.

Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou has told CNA that the event is under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, the President of Egypt Abdel Fatah al Sisi and the President of Greece Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

According to Photiou, the three leaders will meet for dinner on April 30 and attend the ceremony the next day, May 1st, at the Library of Alexandria. There, they will address Alexandrians of Greek and Greek Cypriot origin, who had to leave the country, particularly after the Egyptian revolution of 1952.

Photiou said there is great interest among members of the former community to attend the event. These are mostly elderly people that now live in Cyprus and Greece and will be accompanied by their relatives. They will stay in Egypt for a week and will visit various sites, also in Cairo.

Photiou will also attend the event, along with Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Terens Quick and Egypts Minister of Immigration and Egyptian Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram. The three of them signed the relevant protocol of cooperation for Nostos last December in Nicosia.

Source: Cyprus News Agency