“Greeks abroad are the extension of Hellenism, far beyond the demarcated geographical borders of our country,” said the new Ambassador of Greece, George Markantonatos, the new Ambassador of Greece in Ottawa, Canada.
After taking office, Markantonatos stated that the members of the Greek Diaspora have formed a second Greece abroad that is active and distinguished, that knows how to overcome difficulties, based on its creativity and hard work.
The Greek community is “making us proud and it encourages us to gaze at our future with optimism. Hellenism abroad constitutes a valuable national capital, with an invaluable contribution to the historical development of our country,” he added.
The new ambassador stressed that the Greek state will stay close to Greeks in Canada, noting that in difficult times we must cooperate towards common goals. In conclusion he said that the closer and deeper relations between the metropolis and the Diaspora in Canada is a priority for the Embassy and Consulate Generals.
Markantonatos has been part of the Greek Diplomatic Corps since 1983. He has served in the Greek Foreign Ministry, as well as other offices abroad. He is experienced in issues concerning the Greek Diaspora since he served as Director General of the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad (2012-2014).
The new Ambassador was born in Athens. He graduated from the Law School of Athens University and holds a Masters in “International and Public Policy” from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University in the US.