Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras received on the weekend the 11- year- old Afghani student Amir, who was at the centre of the flag-carrying disputes recently at an Athenian school.
In a symbolic gesture, Tsipras welcomed the boy and his mother into Maximou Mansion where he presented them the Greek flag.
“Amir was deprived of the honour to bear our flag. Today I gave it to him in order to remember and honour our principles and values,” the Prime Minister said on his Twitter account.
Amir was at the centre of a controversy after he was chosen through a draw to carry the flag curing the parade for the celebration of the October 28 national holiday parade in Dafni, a southern suburb of Athens.
Following his selection many parents protested that only ethnic Greeks should be allowed to carry the flag, an honour previously reserved for the top ranking student until the Tsipras government changed it to a ‘’loterry draw’’.