A wide range of issues of bilateral, regional and international interest were raised during the private meeting of Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, with US President, Joe Biden, on Monday but also in the extended talks between the two delegations that followed.
According to government sources, the Greek side appears very satisfied with the first day of the Greek prime minister’s programme in Washington, noting that the climate at the meeting of the two leaders was very good. The US President is well aware of the issues of the Eastern Mediterranean, shows special interest in them, while his extremely positive feelings towards Greece were reflected both in his frequent references to the Greek-American community and in the time he devoted to these contacts, the same sources said and added:
The US-Greek relations are at the their best and Greece has an important role to play in the issue of defending and consolidating democracy worldwide, an issue for which Joe Biden shows lively interest, ie the battle between democracies and authoritarian regimes. Mitsotakis is expected to dedicate a large part of his speech on this issue to the Congress on Tuesday.
The discussion also focused on the Ukrainian and the united western front against the Russian invasion, but also on how the USA will contribute in practice to make Europe independent from the Russian gas. According to the same sources, they also discussed the transformation of Alexandroupolis into a regional energy hub, as well as the many and important US investments in Greece.
During the contacts, it became clear, according to the same sources, that the Greek democracy has now proved its resilience as it overcame the difficult years of the economic crisis with the economy coming out stronger and the institutions becoming more shielded. The Greek side, in fact, expressed the desire for bilateral cooperation to be extended to all possible areas, while Mitsotakis expressed the hope that Biden will be able to visit Greece in the near future.