Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has the opportunity to form a new narrative for Greece, the U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, said in an interview with newspaper “To Vima”, published on Sunday.
“Prime Minister Tsipras now has an opportunity to form a new narrative […]. Provided the procedure will go ahead and the next disbursement will take place, it’s going to be smooth sailing for Greece for about two years,” he was quoted as saying.
“The interest of the United States is to see Greece, a NATO ally and member of the Eurozone, emerge from the seven-year cycle of economic crisis and follow a path of sustainable development,” he said, adding that the U.S. is very pleased about the news of a deal between Greece and the European institutions. “I am optimistic that we will now see a will see rapid progress towards the Eurogroup on May 22 that will authorize the disbursement of the next tranche,” he added.
Pyatt also said he will travel to the United States in June with Economy and Development Minister Dimitri Papadimitriou to “describe the opportunities I see for expanded commercial relations and investments”.
Concerning relations with Turkey, he said Greek and American interests converge on the view that the country must remain anchored to Europe.
“I am impressed by my talks with high-ranking Greek officials following the Turkish referendum, for the emphasis they have placed on keeping Turkey anchored to European institutions,” he said.
“We want a democratic Turkey, which will respect the criteria of European governance and will be stable. We encourage keeping the channels of communication between Athens and Ankara open,” he added.