09 April, 2008
US ambassador to Greece Daniel Speckhard addressed an Economist conference at the seaside resort of Kavouri on Tuesday. He termed Greece an ally and a valuable partner in the region that would like to have a "proper relation with its northern neighbor."
The conference was entitled "Driving the World Agenda Through 2020".
"...we look forward to continuing strong cooperation with Greece. I expect we will see little change in the US policy in this region and our desire to support Europe in taking the lead in fostering stability and integration," the ambassador said. He stressed that Washington supports democracy and stability in Kosovo, as well as Serbia's course to enable it to come closer to European institutions.
The US ambassador also referred to the forthcoming presidential elections in his country, saying that they will enter the final stretch with the economy and foreign policy being the main issues.”
According to former German Foreign Minister and former leader of the Greens party Joschka Fischer, the greatest challenge facing the international community has to do with how much the world will change until 2020 at the economic, ecological, and political level, and one issue that the European Union must address is immigration and population increase.
Source: Athens News Agency