Former US President Bill Clinton Supports Investment in Greece
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met on July 22 with former US President Bill Clinton, and the two were later joined by members of the Greek coalition government and prominent Greek-American businesspeople for a wide-ranging discussion. The 45-minute meeting between the two men focused on the state of the Greek economy and ways of finding solutions out of the crisis.
Mr. Samaras told Mr. Clinton that the new Greek government will proceed immediately with much-needed structural changes and reforms, pointing out that Greece is currently going through an unprecedented crisis and was already in the fifth year of an ongoing recession. He also noted that the target is to boost recovery with the support of the Greek people, and stressed that strong leadership and faith in the people are needed in order for the problems to be solved.
Calling Mr. Clinton a friend of Greece, Samaras thanked him for his participation in the effort of Greek-American businesspeople for the establishment of a fund that will promote growth actions in Greece.
Mr. Clinton was in Athens to address an event organised by a group of prominent Greek-Americans, through the Hellenic Initiative Programme backed by diaspora business executives, lawyers, scientists and others, aiming at the establishment of a fund that will promote foreign investment in Greece.
The former US President said he believes in Greece's future, adding that he considers the country a rich land, rich in resources, and congratulated the new coalition government, adding that all over the world, when there are problems people must work together.
He also praised the government's reform efforts. Mr. Clinton said he and the Greek-American leaders were here in Greece to lend their support, not because they believed they had the solutions but because they believe that together they can do something to help the country.
"People need something to look forward to when they get up in the morning. Young Greeks need something to believe in so they can stake their future out here," the former US President said. (Source: ANA)