John Kerry welcomes Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry referred to the close relations of the United States and Greece in welcoming remarks on the visit of his Greek counterpart, Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, at the State Department on Monday.

Kerry noted that the times are challenging and noted the sacrifices the people of Greece had to assume because of the economic challenges. He also referred to the challenges of terrorism and fighting it, and expressed trust in Greece’s ability to reform and to set a new path in its future.

Kotzias said he is there as a friend to someone who works with Greece for democracy and peace against terrorism, and said “we can be sure that the new law on prisoners will not allow any terrorist to walk freely – it will be just a change in the detention method, and nobody will be set free.”

Following the meeting, Kotzias is expected to brief Greek correspondents. Later he is scheduled to meet at the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C., with representatives of the Jewish American organizations AIPAC and B’nai B’rith.