Balkan tri­lat­eral sum­mit gets un­der way

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The is­sue of se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity in the Western Balkans will be the fo­cal point of a tri­lat­eral sum­mit of Greek, Ser­bian and Bul­gar­ian lead­ers at the con­fer­ence hall of the Thes­sa­loniki Mu­sic Hall.

Prime min­is­ters Alexis Tsipras, Boyko Borisov of Bul­garia and Alek­san­dar Vu­cic of Ser­bia are also ex­pected to dis­cuss Thes­sa­loniki train links with Bur­gas and Bel­grade, as well as en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the three coun­tries. The name dis­pute be­tween Greece and the For­mer Yu­goslav Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia is also on the agenda of talks.

Be­fore the sum­mit gets un­der way, Tsipras will hold sep­a­rate meet­ings with both lead­ers, be­gin­ning with Vu­cic. More­over, the Greek-Ser­bian High-Level Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil is sched­uled to con­vene with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of min­is­ters from both coun­tries.

A tourist takes a selfie in front of the Parthenon yes­ter­day, as the tem­per­a­ture in Athens soared to 40 Cel­sius (104 Fahren­heit). Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the Cul­ture Min­istry, all Greek ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites will be closed be­tween 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. un­til tem­per­a­tures drop be­low 39C.

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