Pence reiterates U.S. support for credible debt relief for Greece in meeting with Tsipras

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras discussed bilateral relations, the Greek economy, investments and issues concerning Southeastern Europe in their meeting in Washington on Wednesday.

In a readout from Pence’s office, the Vice President congratulated Tsipras for Greece’s return to economic growth and financial markets.

“The leaders highlighted the strong and enduring ties between the United States and Greece. The Vice President congratulated Prime Minister Tsipras on Greece’s return to economic growth and financial markets, encouraged further reforms to spur investment, and reiterated U.S. support for credible debt relief,” the text said.

The leaders expressed their desire “to deepen cooperation in the economic and security spheres, including the visit of a high-level delegation to the 2018 Thessaloniki International Fair, where the United States will be the honored country.”

“Pence expressed appreciation for Greece’s role as a pillar of stability in the region, and the leaders reaffirmed their support for the Euro-Atlantic integration of Turkey and the countries of the Western Balkans,” it added.

On Cyprus, the Vice President underscored continued U.S. support for “a comprehensive settlement to reunify Cyprus as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation and welcomed Greece’s increasing cooperation with Israel, Cyprus, and Egypt in the eastern Mediterranean”.