Biden Says U.S. Backs Greek Hopes

BidenA few hours before the Greek Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, enters the White House to meet with the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, US Vice President Joe Biden expressed the support that the Greek PM hopes Greece will receive from the US, on August 8.

“We have a stake in Greece’s success,” Biden stated in an interview he gave to the Greek newspaper Kathimerini, expressing his support to the reforms the Greek government has implemented.

“The president and I are acutely aware that the Greek people are living through an incredibly difficult period as they cope with the economic crisis that has lasted four years and has required enormous sacrifice. The United States continues to believe that the reforms Greece is making are essential to creating a more prosperous future for its people, but we are deeply empathetic to the cost they exact,” the Vice President told  Kathimerini.

“I will say that while there continue to be challenges, we are encouraged that the Greek government is making progress under Prime Minister Samaras. We have a stake in Greece’s success and I want to reassure you, as I did during my visit to Athens in December 2011, that the United States will continue to stand in solidarity with our Greek friends as we look for ways to support your reforms and accelerate a return to growth,” Biden explained during the interview.