Greek citizenship to be granted today to heroic fishermen who saved lives in Mati

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Greece’s President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos, will officially present honorary Greek citizenship to the three migrant fishermen who helped rescue dozens of people from the sea during the tragic fires in Mati, in recognition of their heroism.

One hundred people in total tragically lost their lives in the disaster, which hit Attica on July 23 of 2018.

The relevant processes to naturalise the two Egyptian migrant fishermen, aged 50 and 46 years old, respectively, and of their 35-year-old Albanian colleague, were initiated by Interior Minister Alexis Charitsis after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, said that the Greek State must grant them Greek citizenship in recognition of their actions.

Charitsis also drafted the proposal to President Pavlopoulos calling for their honorary naturalisation under the provisions of the law for those providing "exceptional services to Greece".

"It is the least demonstration of gratitude and honour on the part of the Greek state to these people, whose self-sacrifice and contribution to the social whole is an example to be followed," Charitsis told the Government Gazette on December 21.

(Source: AMNA)