"I am proud to report firsthand that, thanks to your leadership and the leadership of President Donald Trump, the bonds between the United States of America and Greece have never been stronger," US Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday referring to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
"Last year alone, our two nations engaged in nearly 3 billion dollars in trade. But it is not economic exchange that defines us. It is really a shared philosophy of government," he said and added:
"I saw the energy between you and President Trump yesterday in the Oval Office. I saw the friendship between you. And I also saw the common purpose, as Secretary Pompeo just reflected, in President Trump and in you, Prime Minister Mitsotakis. They are two leaders who believe that when you let people keep more of what they earn, when you roll back red tape, when you make government more efficient and you drive low-cost energy, making it available to job creators, economies proposer. And America and Greece are prospering thanks to your leadership and the leadership of President Donald Trump."
Pence underlined that both nations share an incredible history. "But it really is obvious to me, particularly being in the Oval Office yesterday, seeing the connection between you and President Trump — two energetic leaders with a conviction and a belief in freedom, and a drive to be able to put it into practice to improve people’s lives — that the best is yet to come."
On his part, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Greek economic reforms, saying that the US government has implemented a similar policy which had a positive impact on the citizens welfare. "I know that will happen in Greece as well," he underlined.
"Think about the welcome turn of events: Greece is truly showing all of Europe the way forward on economic prosperity. That’s truly remarkable, Mr. Prime Minister," Pompeo said and added:
"As for the US government, we will keep supporting you as a leader in Europe. We will keep supporting your prosperity, your security, and your democracy. The future will only grow brighter for our countries and our relationship together."
"So, on behalf of the American people, in celebration of the economic partnerships, the military partnerships, and the deep heritage between our two nations, allow me to join with all of you to raise a glass," he said.