PM Tsipras receives PES leader Pitella; Later tweets on refugee crisis

27 February 2016
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday met with the president of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament, Gianni Pitella, with talks focusing on the refugee crisis. Pitella has welcomed Greece’s efforts on the refugee issue.

On the sidelines of the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg on February 2, he told ANA-MPA that “we are not blaming or criminalizing Greece on the refugee issue, since it is making a great effort, like Italy, to save lives. Instead, Greece should be helped, and voices regarding Greece’s exit from the Schengen zone are unacceptable.”

Earlier in the day, he toured a short-stay refugee relocation center in the Schisto district in extreme western Athens. He later Tweeted that “Greece must not be left on its own; it saves the lives of very many refugees.”

He is also scheduled to meet with Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Saturday morning.

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