Greeks of Alexandria Return for Special Ceremony

Members of the once-thriving Greek community of Alexandria will return once more to the city they grew up in to attend a ceremony on May 1.

The presidents of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt will take part in the event in the Library of Alexandria.

The event is part of the program ‘Nostos, the Return’ in the framework of the trilateral cooperation between Nicosia, Athens and Cairo on diaspora matters.

It was agreed during a meeting in Cyprus in December 2017 and was hailed as a historic moment for the three countries, since it was the first time that cooperation on diaspora issues was achieved and the first time the three countries decided on a common strategy and joint actions.

“There has already been strong interest from Greeks and Cypriots who wish to participate in the project,” said Egypt’ s Minister of Immigration and Emigration Nabila Makram.

The story of Hellenism in Alexandria goes back more than two millennia and starts with the laying of the foundation stone in 331 BC by Alexander the Great.

In modern times, the once-sizeable Greek community began to decline in the early 1950s (as a result of President Nasser’s nationalization program). Now a few thousand Greeks are all that remain in Egypt, mostly in Alexandria.