ATHENS, Jan. 3, 2019 - Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (1st R) meets and congratulates three fishermen and their families at the presidential mansion in Athens, Greece, Jan. 2, 2019. Egyptians Emand El Khamisi, 50, Mahmoud Moussa, 46, and Albanian Jeka Gani, 35, risked their lives alongside many other local fishermen on July 23, 2018 rescuing dozens of people fleeing the blaze which swept through the seaside resort of Mati, some 30 kilometers northeast of Athens. One hundred people died in the flames or the sea that evening. Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos signed a few days ago a decree granting the Greek citizenship to the three men.

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Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos (1st R) meets and congratulates the three fishermen and their families at the presidential mansion in Athens, Greece, Jan. 2, 2019.

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Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos(2nd, left) and Alexis Charitsis(3rd,left), Greek Minister of Interior, poses for a group photo with the three fishermen at the presidential mansion in Athens, Greece, Jan. 2, 2019.

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