As government efforts to decongest overcrowded camps on the islands of the eastern Aegean continue, 36 refugees and migrants from Lesvos and seven from Chios arrived by ferry at the port of Piraeus at 6.30 a.m. on Friday.
Another 18 refugees and migrants from Kos and 51 from Leros arrived at Piraeus on a separate ferry at 8.05 a.m.
Chinese shipping giant Cosco is about to start a dialogue with the Greek government on the terms and conditions that will allow for its investment master plan for Piraeus port to expand from the currently approved 600 million to its full amount of 900 million euros with the construction of a new, fourth container terminal, according to recent talks between the Greek and Chinese state leaders.
Streets around Athens' main Syntagma square, the Hilton hotel and the Acropolis Hill will be closed off to traffic on Tuesday morning, to facilitate Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the Acropolis Museum, authorities said.
Xi, who is on an official two-day visit to Athens, will be accompanied by Greek counterpart Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Chinese President Xi Jinping seen visiting the premises of Cosco Shipping in Piraeus on Monday. China and Greece agreed on Monday to push ahead with a 600 million euros investment by Cosco into Greece's largest port as part of efforts to boost its role as a hub in rapidly growing trade between Asia and Europe.
Police shut down central avenues in the Greek capital on Monday morning as a two-day visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping got underway.
The road closures concern Syntagma square, the Presidential Mansion and the area around the Acropolis Hill.
The Syntagma metro station will remain closed and trains will pass through without stopping.
As government efforts to decongest overcrowded camps on the islands of the eastern Aegean continued, 72 refugees and migrants from Chios and 69 from Leros arrived by ferry at the port of Piraeus on Monday morning.
The new arrivals boarded coaches that will transfer them to accommodation facilities on the mainland, state-run news agency ANA-MPA reported.
Members of Youthmakers Hub, a local group, help African students acquire skills and find training opportunities at Greek universities by connecting them with the European Union's Erasmus+ program. So far, four such programs have been completed and another 15 are currently running for students and academics in the universities of Piraeus and West Attica.