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PM Alexis Tsipras has working lunch with US Commerce Secretary Ross

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday was at a working lunch given here by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, attended by senior executives of major U.S. companies.

According to sources, they include firms involved in the sectors of energy, commerce, innovation, startups, industry, IT, construction, investment funds and also banks that are interested in making investments in Greece.

The Greek delegation that accompanied the prime minister included Digital Policy and Media Minister Nikos Pappas, Alternate Finance Minister George Chouliarakis and Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister Dimitris Liakos.

A similar meeting between Tsipras, Ross and U.S. firms that were either already operating in Greece or interested in doing so was held in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki earlier this month, when Ross paid a visit to the 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF). According to government sources, Ross had wanted to have a second such meeting with the Greek prime minister in New York.

Earlier, according to sources, Tsipras also had a meeting with the Greek descent CEO of JP Morgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, discussing the prospects and recovery of the Greek economy. Dimon, the sources said, emphasised the need to restore confidence and stability so that Greece can once again become a destination for investments and noted the need to find ways to further support this effort.