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Mr. Kassimis referred to later waves of immigration that followed hardships under Ottoman Turkish occupation and Balkan conflicts during World War I, as he talked about modern-day Greece.

“Nowadays, you can be proud of the homeland that your forefathers were compelled to leave,” he said. “Greece is one of the most developed countries of Europe and the strongest democracy in the Balkans.”

He added, “I would like to thank this great country, the United States of America, for having assisted you to find another Greece far from Greece.”

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