Karolos Papoulias – Hosni Mubarak

President Karolos Papoulias (center) and his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak (second from left) stand to attention during a welcoming ceremony in Athens yesterday. Papoulias stressed Greece’s historically close ties with Egypt, adding that boosting energy, transport and trade would improve relations even further. Papoulias also expressed his appreciation for Mubarak’s support for the Greek community in Egypt and for the contribution of Egyptian immigrants to the Greek economy. Mubarak, who is on a three-day visit to Greece, is to meet Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis today.