Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis had a special meeting at Maximos Palace on Monday, with 13-year-old Demosthenis-Dimitrios Despotidis, who won the first prize at the World Poetry Competition, hosted by the organisation Never Such Innocence (NSI), based in London.
The organisation runs an international poetry, art, speech and song competition for young people aged 9-18. The theme of the competition was the “Impact of Conflict on Communities.”
Demosthenes won the first place (in the category for ages 11-14), among 4,000 participants from 44 countries around the world, with his poem entitled ‘Inspirational Poem’, impressing the jury with the high quality of his work.
“I really wanted to meet you. You made us proud as a country,” the PM told Demosthenis.
The 13-year-old told Mitsotakis that he reads many books and writes verses based on events in his life. Regarding his future, he is interested in studying in the field of International Relations and is attracted by the idea of a diplomatic career. Demosthenis also noted that he already knows four languages, which are additional qualifications to achieve this goal.
Mitsotakis and the young champion also spoke about their favourite poets. “Congratulations and I encourage you by urging you to continue to give joy first of all to yourself, opening a window to your own inner world”, the PM concluded. The student also pointed out that Mitsotakis is a winner, as he managed extremely difficult situations with great success.