Balkan trilateral summit gets under way
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.