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Samaras to meet Alamuddin Clooney on Wednesday to discuss Parthenon Marbles

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is to meet human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin Clooney on Wednesday, as part of an ongoing legal process to secure the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece it has been announced.

The Culture Ministry said in a statement on Monday that the lawyer, who recently married actor George Clooney, would meet with Samaras at his office in the Maximos Mansion and then receive a guided tour of the Acropolis Museum. She will be joined by her boss at Doughty Street Chambers, Geoffrey Robertson.

The lawyers are due to meet Greece’s Culture Minister Costas Tassoulas on Tuesday.

Alamuddin Clooney, who is based in Britain, has represented Ukrainian former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko at the European Court of Human Rights and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in extradition proceedings. She also advised former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on the conflict in Syria.

“Mr Robertson and Mrs Clooney were first asked to provide legal advice to the Greek government on this matter in 2011. They will be holding a series of meetings with government officials during their stay,» Doughty Street Chambers said in a recent statement.