During the meeting between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Greek FM Stavros Lambrinidis at the State Department, Clinton underlined bilateral relationships between USA and Greece, that continue strong, regional and international matters, and of course the international economic challenges that Greece along with the rest of the world is facing.
On his part, Lambrinidis emphasized the extremely important and helpful role the US has played, and Hillary Clinton in particular, throughout these difficult months.
Moreover, Clinton talked about OXI day, when Greeks celebrate the freedom and courage of the Greek people. She stated, “Greece today is being asked to summon its courage again. This time the challenge is economic. The Greek people are making major changes, big sacrifices, to return their country to financial health and economic competitiveness”.
“Greece is a long standing ally of the United States. In ways large and small, life in our country is enriched by the energy and contributions of our many Greek-Americans. And abroad Greece and the United States share common goals for stability and prosperity in Southeastern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. United States looks forward to broadening deepening and strengthening this already very vital relationship”, Hillary Clinton added.
Finally, Foreign Minister of Greece thanked Clinton, saying, “Greece and the United States do know of difficulties. We have been together, stood by each other during difficult wars, and we are standing by each other today, as well. I think I will have a wonderful opportunity to discuss issues in our neighborhood and in our region that concern us both deeply, in which Greece has a very active involvement and a great desire to be able, together with the EU and the US, to bring peace and stability that we all need”.