Greek Culture Minister Lina Mendoni attends Anzac Day; meets NSW Premier

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Greek Culture & Sports Minister Lina Mendoni who is currently on an official visit to Australia, attended an Anzac Day event, one of the most important days of the cultural calendar dedicated to the victims of all wars.

At the event Mendoni  spoke with New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet on the role the Greek island of Limnos played in World War I, a ministry statement said.

The program Open Air Museum on the island of Limnos  will highlight its former role as a base, supply station, hospitalisation and final resting place for Australian and New Zealand troops in WWI.

The program will be funded by the Australian government as part of a memorandum of understanding signed with the Greek National Defence Ministry.

The Culture Ministry is involved because a section of the island has been designated a protected monument of modern Greek history.

Mendoni also met with Mr Ben Franklin, NSW Minister for cultural issue  and discussed potential collaboration, including an agreement on preventing illegal movement of cultural items.

On Holy Saturday, the minister also attended the Resurrection service led by Orthodox Archbishop of Australia Makarios at the Church of Resurrection in Kogarah, Sidney, and spoke briefly with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who attended the service.

On Easter Sunday, Archbishop Makarios presented her with a decoration of the Archbishopric of Australia for her contribution to the protection and promotion of Greece’s cultural and religious heritage.

She is expected to remain on tour in Australia until April 29.


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