An online event to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution was organized by the White House and was attended by more than 100 members of the Greek-American community.
The event was coordinated by the representative of the White House of Greek origin, Jen Psaki, with President Joe Biden addressing the expatriates.
“I see at the screen and I see a lot of good friends,” he said.
The American president referred to the telephone conversation he had with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, saying that he would come to visit him in Washington when the COVID-19 pandemic would allow it.
In fact, he did not hide his desire to build an even stronger relationship with Greece, noting that this was the main issue he discussed with Mitsotakis.
“Under my Administration, we will be as close as we have ever been; I promise you that,” Biden said.
“I am committed to build a strong and stronger partnership than we already have and advance our shared interests,” he added.
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With the phrase “I still haven’t given up on it,” Biden made a special reference to the Cyprus issue.
He reminded that he had collaborated for many years on this issue with his senator and close friend Paul Sarbanes.
“Paul got me involved when we were trying to figure out how to deal with Cyprus long – long time ago; I still haven’t given up on it,” the American president told the Greek expatriates.
Mitsotakis and Biden reaffirmed the strategic nature of the Greek-US cooperation for security and prosperity in the wider Eastern Mediterranean region during their telephone conversation late last night.
The communication between the two leaders, which lasted about 30 minutes, was completed shortly after 11 pm Greek time.
According to an information note from the Prime Minister’s Office, Biden stressed that today Greece is a critical ally in NATO, with active action for peace and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean, Black Sea and Western Balkans.
He also emphasised the importance of defense cooperation between the two countries, culminating in the hosting of US forces in Souda.
For his part, Mitsotakis congratulated Biden on his election, expressing Greece’s readiness for close cooperation with the United States to defend the common values of the two countries, with emphasis on human rights and Climate Change.
The Prime Minister personally thanked the American President for the consistent support of Greece, while emphasizing that in the long-standing relationship between the two countries, the Greek-American community acts as a bridge.
According to the same sources, during the conversation between the two leaders, the US President congratulated the Prime Minister on the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution.
Biden emphasised that the same ideals of Freedom and Democracy inspired the American Revolution and continue to unite the two peoples.
Mitsotakis pointed out in a post on social media that “I had a warm and constructive phone call with US President Joe Biden.”
We discussed at length the common ties between our two nations, on the occasion of the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, as well as the importance of the continuous strengthening of our partnership,” he added.
Following the #EUCO, I had a warm and constructive phone call with @POTUS. We discussed at length the common ties between our two nations, on the occasion of the Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, as well as the importance of the continuous strengthening of our partnership.
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) March 25, 2021