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The visit of Hillary Clinton to Athens is over

18 July 2011 / 13:07:10  GRReporter
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The three-day visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Athens is over. Her last official meeting was with the leader of the opposition New Democracy Antonis Samaras. As in the other discussions of Mrs. Clinton in the Greek capital, the issue of the economy prevailed again. Antonis Samaras pointed out that his party supports the government with regard to the ultimate goal - reducing the debt and achieving positive GDP growth in the country, but clearly differs from the Socialists in the manner in achieving them.

The meeting lasted 45 minutes and Hillary Clinton expressed her admiration of the Acropolis Museum, which she visited yesterday. After the tour of the new museum, accompanied by its director Dimitris Pandermalis and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs Stavros Lambrinidis and of Culture and Tourism Pavlos Geroulanos , she said that the nation that built the Acropolis and found the democracy is able to overcome any difficulty and also that millions of American tourists will see these wonderful treasures.

Hillary Clinton, Pavlos Geroulanos and Stavros Lambrinidis signed a bilateral agreement on cooperation in combating looting of artifacts and valuable antiquities to the 15th century, inclusive. Mrs. Clinton said in conclusion that not only our policy is common, but also our values.

She visited Greece in a difficult time when the lobbying for the second bailout is in its final phase, and overseas, Barack Obama is facing a debt crisis of the USA. Hillary Clinton’s visit to Athens proved the support of the USA to the government of George Papandreou. From the Greek capital, the U.S. Secretary of State left to India.

Tags: Hillary ClintonVisit to AthensAcropolis MuseumDiplomacyPolitics
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