Stavros Theodorakis, the leader of Potami, met yesterday with David Pearce, U.S. Ambassador to Greece. During their very cordial meeting, Mr. Pearce and Mr. Theodorakis discussed bilateral relations between Greece and the United States, as well as wider issues regarding Southeastern Europe and the Mediterranean. Also reviewed were the recent developments in the financial relations among Greece the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.
Mr. Theodorakis explained to the U.S. Ambassador the position of Potami concerning the ongoing negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors, reiterating that Potami will vote in favor of an agreement that will keep Greece within the European family of nations. Mr. Theodorakis pointed out the important role that the US could play towards the achievement of such a deal. The two men agreed on the need to implement substantial reforms and structural changes in order to attract investments to Greece. They also talked about the potential of the country to become a major technological and commercial hub, as soon as the obstacles for such a prospect are eliminated.
They also agreed that Greece can play a vital role as a force of stability, growth, democracy and freedom in the wider region of Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans. They also discussed about Greece and the US cooperating in efforts to settle long-lasting issues, as is the case of Cyprus. Finally, they commented on developments in the Middle East and the subsequent migration flow to Europe and its consequences, to immigrants themselves, as well as to the countries of their origin and to host countries.
Stavros Theodorakis was accompanied by Giorgos Kaklikis, Ambassador (ad hon.), in charge of the Turkish and Balkan Affairs Division of Potami, Odine Linardatou, International Relations Director and Nicholas Yatromanolakis, in charge of the party’s political strategy and Human Rights Division.
9 June 2015
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