Greece’s Prime Minster, Alexis Tsipras stated while addressing a cabinet meeting on Monday that the government’s goal was that by October 2019, Greeks will be able to see that “Greece is a different country…in which the terms and conditions are being created to leave the crisis behind us…a country that plays a leading role in the surrounding region, the Balkans, the Southeastern Mediterranean and Europe.”
Tsipras also called Monday’s cabinet meeting ‘special’ for many different reasons, including that it was the first meeting held after parliament reaffirmed its confidence in the government “to proceed and complete a very important, for the Greek people, work with clear horizon, which is the end of the government’s term according to the Constitution, namely in autumn 2019.”
He added that the vote of confidence recognised that the country and the economy need political stability “by a government that has proved it knows how and is able to do this.” This was “the government that led the country out of the regime of the programmes, the governement that managed to restore confidence and stability to the Greek economy and which had adjusted the public debt, making it sustainable and creating the conditions for its smooth refinancing” he added.
Referring to the ratification of the Prespes Agreement, the Prime Minister stated that it was a political and historical event that marks “the resolution of a historic outstanding issue with our neighbours, with North Macedonia. The passage to a new era of cooperation, solidarity and friendship in the Balkans. The defeat of nationalism, of nationalisms on both sides of the border, which is at the same time a victory for the forces that do not intend to leave the future of the two people to the merchants of hatred and peddlers of patriotism.”