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The Hollywood stars were granted honorary citizenship for serving to victims of a wildfire in Greece

American movie stars Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have formally turn out to be residents of Greece, the country’s top minister has introduced.

The couple posed for a image with their unusual passports alongside Greek High Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his wife.

The PM posted the image on Instagram on Saturday. Hanks and Wilson „are now proud Greek residents“, he wrote.

Greek media acknowledged the meeting took bother on the island of Antiparos.

Hanks, Wilson and their young other folks were granted honorary Greek citizenship final year for his or her role in bringing attention to a devastating wildfire shut to Athens in July 2018.

The wildfire ripped via the seaside village of Mati, killing bigger than 100 other folks.

Speaking to CNN in December, Greece’s Interior Minister Takis Theodorikakos acknowledged Hanks „showed trusty pastime within the folk that suffered from the hearth in Mati and promoted this train within the worldwide media“.

Aged Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos then signed an honorary naturalisation disclose for Hanks and his family, citing their „distinctive products and companies to Greece“.

The disclose allowed Hanks and his family to reveal Greek citizenship.

„Starting up 2020 as an honorary citizen of all of Greece!“ Hanks wrote on Twitter in January.

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Media captionFootage from 2018 reveals the extent to which the wildfire unfold in Mati

Hanks, a convert to the Greek Orthodox Church, and Wilson, who has Greek heritage, have made their shared esteem of the country identified.

Hanks, 64, and Wilson, 63, were visiting Greece for years, most regularly holidaying within the country throughout the summer season months.

They’re reported to respect property in Greece, including a dwelling on the island of Antiparos.

Their link with Greece is speculated to have told their decision to co-procure the hit romantic comedy My Sizable Elephantine Greek Marriage ceremony.

A two-time Academy Award winner, Hanks expressed his admiration for Greece when appearing on the Golden Globes earlier this year.

„I have been Hellenic now for the upper a part of 32 years,“ Hanks acknowledged as he picked up the Cecil B DeMille lifetime-achievement award.

„Greece is a haven… I have been throughout the arena, I have been to essentially the most very very top-making an are trying places within the arena, none of them tops Greece. The land, the sky, the water, it be lawful for the soul, it be a therapeutic bother.“

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