Mitsotakis-Obama discuss bilateral relations and Greece’s role in the region

New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday afternoon, with whom he discussed bilateral relations and Greece’s role in the region, his office said in a statement.

Mitsotakis said Obama’s visit constitutes an important event for Greece and during their meeting he had an opportunity to thank him for his friendship and support towards Greece in critical times.

The ND leader told Obama the represents the feelings of the vast majority of the Greek people and highlighted the strategic importance of Greek-American relations for both countries, especially in difficult times of uncertainty and challenges in the region.

He also reiterated Greece can and must boost its stabilizing role in the eastern Mediterranean which would help the country exit from the economic crisis.

“I said this will happen mainly with our own stable and serious reform effort. With a reliable leadership and a comprehensive national plan, of Greek inspiration and implementation. This effort demands truth and realism. The support of our friends, such as Barack Obama, is certainly very important, but there is no deus ex machine,” he said.

We must all do what is necessary to get out of the crisis. This concerns mainly the debt issue and the primary surpluses – an issue that must be resolved as soon as possible.”

Mitsotakis also assured the U.S. president that New Democracy is fighting against populism, isolationism and introversion and is in the front line for supporting Democracy. “Greece has all the potential to become a beacon of stability and prosperity in today’s troubled world,” he said.