US Ambassador Pyatt: Relations with Greece ‘Stronger in Decades’ (video)



The US-Greek relationship has always been strong but today it’s better than it’s been for many decades, said US Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt.

In an interview with the Athens News Agency (ANA-MPA), the American diplomat stressed Washington’s commitment to “continue doing all that we can to help Greece emerge successfully from this period of economic difficulty.”

Pyatt said the Alexis Tsipras’s recent visit in the US and his meetings with business people and investors was “very effective in sending a message that the Greek economy is coming back”.

President Trump send a clear message in terms of US support for Greek economic recovery, said the US Ambassador, pointing to the fact that he appointed Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to head a joint commission with the Minister of Economy, Dimitris Papadimitriou, to work on investment issues.

We need to “figure out how we drive our investment relationship forward in a way that helps sustain economic recovery in Greece,” Pyatt said.

Energy

Pyatt stressed Greece’s emerging role as a European energy hub.

He referred to the “important projects” Tsipras spoke about when he was in Washington, such as TAP, the IGB Interconnector, imports of US liquid natural gas and the FSRU- the Floating Storage Regasification Unit in Alexandroupolis where “we hope to see an American investor”.

“We are also excited about the potential for expanding cooperation in areas like renewables,” said Pyatt.

“All of these are steps which illustrate Greece’s emerging role as a European energy hub but also the convergence between the US energy diplomacy agenda in Europe and the work that Prime Minister Tsipras and the Greek government have done,” Pyatt said.