New Democracy leader Mitsotakis meets Rep. Senator Mike Lee in Washington

New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis met on Tuesday with Republican Senator Mike Lee in Washington DC, as part of his meetings with US officials during his four-day visit to the United States.

According to an ND press release, Lee and Mitsotakis discussed issues concerning the democratic institutions and the rule of law and focused on the institutional interventions of the Greek government. The ND leader expressed his concern over Turkey’s stance on all issues. Lee expressed interest on the two Greek soldiers who are detained in turkey.

This evening, Mitsotakis will meet with Fiona Hill, senior director for Europe and Russia at the White House National Security Council, at the White House. Speaking earlier today at Boston College, he said Greece has “already experimented with populist governments and paid the price”.

“It was a big disaster. The people of Greece at least know that over-the-top promises will not solve our problems. This is why I’ll take the risk of telling the truth. This is necessary for one to be effective after one’s election. If you undermine your agenda with excessive and false promises, then you will not succeed when come to power. In addition, I think people in Greece can tell if a promise is fake,” he said.

He also spoke of Greece’s economic slump during the economic crisis, saying the country lost 25 percent of its GDP and inequalities widened, forcing many young people to leave the country, in search of a better future.