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12 September, 1998
Greece's new Ambassador to Washington Alexandros Philon delivered his credential to US President Bill Clinton in the White House on Thursday who found the opportunity to stress Greece's role as a NATO ally and in regional stability.
"Our alliance in NATO, joint efforts in the Balkans and our mutual interest in greater security in southeastern Europe will shape the relations of the United States with Greece over the new millennium, while we must not forget our cooperation in resolving the continuing dispute in Cyprus and the Aegean," President Clinton said.
On his part, Mr. Philon said that "Greece constitutes a stabilizing factor in the sensitive region of southeastern Europe. It is proud of its democratic institutions, its participation in NATO and the European Union and its economic and social progress ."
In an ensuing discussion, President Clinton expressed his disappointment over the lack of progress on the Cyprus issue. He also spoke of his sincere interest in the continuation of American efforts for a solution to be found to this problem as well as in Greek-Turkish relations. He further praised the strategic importance of Greece in southeastern Europe and its role in stabilization in the region.
Source: Athens News Agency