US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross welcomed Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday afternoon in Thessaloniki. Ross informed Tsipras that the US wants to support Greece and its economy as it attempts to recover from its eight-year economic crisis, during their meeting, one day before the official opening of the Thessaloniki International Fair, where the US is the honoured country this year.
Briefly, before the cameras started, Ross commented to Tsipras “It's good to see things are starting to turn around, the economy seems to be getting better and there's a real feel of momentum coming in. It's very rewarding to see that,”
“We would like to support you, to support TIF ... and of course we want to support the Greek economy,” he was quoted as saying by the state-run ANA-MPA news agency.
Welcoming Ross, Tsipras said Greece is leaving the crisis behind and looking forward to a future with more economic development and security in the region. Tsipras also noted that the participation of the US in this year's TIF underlines the close ties between the two countries, and looks forward to further strengthening their economic relations and investment partnerships.
“The participation of the United States in the Fair ... underlines the great importance of the historic relations between the two countries. I believe this sends a very serious message of a symbolic and economic nature,” Tsipras said.