Posted on July 15, 2019 by jencusato
This month ten elected state legislators from around the United States visited Athens as a part of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association (WHIA). WHIA is an organization made up of legislators of Greek descent from various parliaments and legislatures from 26 countries from around the world who come together to advocate for Hellenic causes and issues of concern to the Greek diaspora abroad.
“As a member of the U.S. delegation traveling to Athens for the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association meeting, it was a privilege to work with our counterparts from around the globe to build and expand the Hellenic reach in Greece and throughout the world. As Greek American we take an enormous amount of pride in our heritage, and having a hand in strengthening U.S and Greek relations while building awareness for WHIA is a welcomed opportunity,” said Connecticut House Republican Leader Themis Klarides.
During its meetings at the Hellenic Parliament, the group adopted resolutions that call for:
- Full support of the bipartisan United States legislation sponsored by Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez which supports the trilateral energy and security partnership between Greece, Israel and Cyprus, and takes trade measures and provides resources to ensure peace in the region.
- Legislation by the Hellenic Parliament that would enfranchise Greek citizens who are registered to vote but living abroad to vote in the Greek elections without having to return to Greece to do so.
- Recognition of the Theological School of Halki as the pre-eminent theological seminary of Orthodox Christianity and reaffirm its previous support for the immediate re-opening of the seminary.
· The government of Turkey to immediately cease all illegal exploration and other activity inside the exclusive economic zone of the Republic of Cyprus
About World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association
The World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association (WHIA) is an interparliamentary organisation of the Greek diaspora bringing together legislators of Greek origin from around the world. It was first established in 1996 and was formally established as an Association under Greek law in 2005. The purposes of WHIA pursuant to Article 3 of its Statute are as follows: 1. To Build relations and communication among members of legislator who are of Hellenic origin in non-Greek speaking countries. 2. To strengthen relations of friendship and co-operation between Greece and the respective countries of the Association’s members and their Parliament. 3. To bring forth and promote the principles of Greek language and Hellenic culture in their respective countries. Additionally, one of our core roles as an inter-Parliamentary group is to provide professional development opportunities and networking for our members and associates across the world.