Meanwhile, USA backs Tsipras government on FYROM deal



As Greek parliamentarians prepare to discuss and vote on the confidence motion against the Tsipras government, the US administration has made a point of making it known that it supports the government over the FYROM deal and bilateral relations.

A high-level US official on Monday told Greek journalists that 2018 will be remembered as one of the most productive years in the history of US-Greece relationship and noted that Greece will be the real beneficiary of the Prespes Agreement, both in terms of the benefits it will see after its full implementation and the resolution of the name issue.

"The US commitment to the partnership with Greece is based on common interests," he said, and referred particularly to the progress achieved and the partnerships built in the areas of trade, investment, defence, and security. The two countries "now need to sustain that momentum and build on it," he went on to state.

The US official went on to say that the FYROM deal, Prespes Agreement was seen by his country as the validation of the investment the US has made in its relationship with Greece and of its vision of the latter as a source of solutions and "a country that exports stability and confidence in the wider region."

He then asserted his country's intent to remain engaged in Skopje and to continue working for "the full and complete implementation of the Prespes Agreement", adding that the US "expects Greece to play a very important role in FYROM."

The official also saluted the creativity, the tenacity and the intelligence of Greek diplomacy during the negotiations, and more broadly.

Asked about the process that will be followed if the Prespes Agreement is fully implemented, he said that "the US will immediately recognize Greece's northern neighbor as the Republic of North Macedonia, and we expect that most countries will act in the same way, as it is the people of that country that have spoken through their legal, sovereign democratic mechanisms to make that choice."

Finally, the official referred to the Thessaloniki International Fair and its emerging role as an important Western Balkan gate; and to Greece's new position as a significant energy hub for the region.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.