#Greece has definitely made progress to stabilize the economy, @USTreasury Secretary said in #Athens
|Posted by moodhacker on July 21, 2016 at 1:30 PM|
In their brief dialogue in front of the television cameras at the arrival of U.S. Secretary of Treasury at the Maximos Mansion , Jack Lew and Alexis Tsipras stressed the importance of Greece's role as a pillar of stability in the surrounding, fragile region.
Under the current conditions, with developments in Turkey and the uncertainty caused by Brexit, the need for stability and growth in Greece was made even clearer, Lew was reported as saying.
Meeting in Athens on Thursday, Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and visiting U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jack Lew also agreed on the necessity of significant debt relief for Greece and on its role as an inseparable part of the European Union, the ana-mpa reported
The United States intends to take a leading role on the issue of Greece's debt and aims for a deal to reduce the debt before the Obama administration has ended, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during the meeting in Athens on Thursday, according to sources.
Citing U.S. President Barack Obama, Lew noted that the Greek economic programme was not an end in itself and that its goal was to bring about economic growth and prosperity for the Greek people, the same sources said., according to Ana mpa
During the meeting, Jack Lew congratulated Tsipras on the extensive and difficult work done and the progress made over the last year, Greek government sources said, though noting that "more work needs to be done and it is important that Greece continues to implement the reforms and makes progress in areas such as privatisations."
There is recognition and respect for the efforts of the Greek government and the Greek people to put the country and the economy onto a path of growth, Lew said, and the U.S. have for at least a year pointed out the great economic and geopolitical importance of Greece as a member of the European Union.
The fact that Greece remained a part of Europe was both geopolitically and economically important, Jacl Lew noted,
Greek PM Tsipras highlighted durin tir talk Greece's geopolitical significance at a "troubled time for the region" and "a period of deep instability."
"Now, more than ever, we need solidarity from our partners and now is the appropriate time to send the right messages to investors, to the markets, with substantial and solid measures to significantly relieve the debt, in order to support the economy and enhance Greece's role as a pillar of stability in a fragile surrounding region," he stressed.
The discussion covered possible areas of cooperation between Greece and the United States, with emphasis on stamping out tax evasion and prosecuting cross-border tax cases. Athens raised the issue of cooperation on the UBS case and asked for the assistance of the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI in order to investigate cases linked to UBS and related to tax evasion cases in Greece, the ana mpa reported .
Great to have @USTreasury Secretary Lew in Athens for a full day of productive meetings US Ambssador to Greece
David D. Pearce https://twitter.com/daviddpearce/status/756188631950393345?lang=en" target="_blank">@daviddpearce twitted Thurday evening
Earler, the US Treasury Secretary had met with the Greek Finance minister
A day earlier the US Treasury Secretay impressed the Athenians as he chose to enjoy a walk in downtwn Athens and a ur to Ancient Agora gether with the Ambassar to Greece David Pearce
Other foreign politicians have never done so in Athens, during the last years at least .They all use formally the ministries' and the diplomatic limos , to move, let's say at a distance of half a kilometer, for the meeting they usually discuss Greece's austerity and fiancial disasters' no way out ...
Sec. Lew touring the Ancient Agora w/ U.S. Ambassador to Greece @daviddpearce and a tour guide in Athens on July 20.
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