After his address to the UN Assembly and meetings with US Vice President Joe Biden, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met with the Greek community.
During a visit at the Greek school Agios Dimitrios in New York's Astoria district he talked to students, urging them to be proud of Greece not just for its past but also for its present and told them they were following of an old tradition where every Greek family has one desire, for its children to study and become better than their parents.
"I also want to say that it is very touching to see that second, third and fourth generation Greeks keep Greece deep inside their soul, care for it perhaps even more than we who stay in Greece do," he added.
The prime minister's speech was briefly interrupted when one of the children in the school choir fainted and had to be given first aid. The young girl came to and got up to extended applause, with the prime minister reassuring her that "these things happen" and wishing her a speedy recovery.
The Greek PM also reminded his young audience of the humanity and compassion the Greek people in their handling of the refugee and migrant crisis.