Sanctions V. Turkey
To see proactive dialogue between the two nations the United States and Greece. It was discussed that this is only part of the comprehensive approach that will be required to generate meaningful change in Turkey. ..."We urge the U.S. Senate to follow suit in taking up this legislation and sending a unified message to Turkey – that the Erdogan regime’s continued acts of aggression and provocation will not be tolerated. The sanctions contained in this legislation are the only way to force Turkey to reconsider the belligerent and hostile path it has chosen to follow in the region. The overwhelming bipartisan vote this measure received in the House should be a powerful reminder to every Senator that allowing Turkey to continue to play the role of a chaos agent in the Eastern Mediterranean is an unacceptable outcome for the security interests of the United States." State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-New York) and State Senator Lou Raptakis (D-Rhode Island) wrote the above commentary. Read the full article at The National Herald.
Greek Language / Yianopoulos Tribute
In St Augustine, Florida, regarding community outreach and Greek education - Honoring the founder, Ioannis Giannopoulos, of the 1st Greek school in the America in 1760. The January 22, 2020 event's ceremony facilitated the transfer of the statue of Yiannopoulos to the United States from Tripoli, Greece. Present were Federation of Hellenic-American Educators President Stella Kokolis, Prometheus Association President Meropi Kyriakou, and Rhode Island’s Greek-American State Senator Leonidas Raptakis. "The bust of Ioannis Giannopoulos will travel to St. Augustine, Florida on March 7, 2020. It should be noted that the event is part of the series of events commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Revolution of 1821." Click/tap on graphics to see the videos and read The National Herald articles...
Greece PM Mitsotakis & RI State Sen. Raptakis at the AHEPA Epiphany Grand Banquet in Tampa, FL
TAMPA, FL – January 5, 2020 – Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis attended the AHEPA Epiphany Grand Banquet at Tampa Bay's The Innisbrook Resort. In addition the referring to the Mediterranean's political climate the Greek Prime Minister stressed the importance and key areas of the American Greek community’s practical relationship with Greece.
Present were Mareva Mitsotakis, Stelios Petsas, Haris Lalakos, Alexandra Papadopoulou, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, Rep. Michael Bilirakis, RI State Sen. Leonidas Raptakis, Tarpon Springs Mayor Chris Alahouzos, and Pancretan Association of America President Eleftherios Dramitinos. Read the complete story at and by: The National Herald.
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A long-time member of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association, Sen. Raptakis has worked on a range of RI legislation policy issues impacting not only Greece but many European nations. Please like the Senator on Facebook.