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With the passport in the hands of his new fellow citizens, the prime minister wrote: “They are now proud Greek citizens.”
Kyriakos Mitsotakis published a photo over the weekend in which he appears with his wife and the actor couple Tom Hanks y Rita Wilson, who carried their new passports.
The meeting took place over the weekend in Paros, located on an island in the Aegean Sea.
Hanks, Wilson and their children they obtained Greek citizenship for the couple’s activism to help those affected by a devastating forest fire that occurred near Athens in 2018.
The fire devastated the coastal village of Mati, killing more than 100 people.
Speaking to CNN in December, Greek Interior Minister Takis Theodorikakos said Hanks “showed real interest in the people who suffered from the Mati fire and promoted this issue in the world media.”
Former Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos signed a Honorary Naturalization Order for Hanks and His Family, citing his “exceptional services to Greece”.
The order allowed Hanks and his family to apply for Greek citizenship.
Confessed love for Greece
Hanks had already converted to the Greek Orthodox Church and together with Wilson, who is of Greek descent, they have made public their shared love for the Mediterranean country.
The couple have been visiting Greece for years and often vacation there during the summer months.
According to reports in the press, they own property in Greece, including a house on the island of Antiparos.
His ties to Greece are said to have influenced his decision to co-produce the hit romantic comedy “My Big Greek Wedding” (My Big Fat Greek Wedding).
And Hanks, a two-time Oscar winner, manifested his love for the country when he appeared at the Golden Globes earlier this year.
“Greece is a paradise … I have been all over the world, I have been to the most beautiful places in the world, none surpasses a Greece. The earth, the sky, the water, it is good for the soul, it is a place of healing, “said Hanks as he collected the Cecil B DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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