Greece is back and the Greek economy is on track after the economic crisis that led to rescue programs, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show on Monday.
Mitsotakis began a two-day visit to the United States, where he is scheduled to meet President Joe Biden the same day and address a joint session in Congress on Tuesday.
In an interview prior to his meeting at the White House, the Greek prime minister was interviewed by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
He spoke about how Greece was getting back on track after a painful ten-year economic crisis and two-year coronavirus pandemic. In addition, he also referenced the investments of American companies in Greece, as well as the record number of direct flights and, therefore, US tourists expected to arrive.
Greece is a stable partner in a difficult region of the world, and is playing an active role in establishing ties with the Middle East, linking it to Europe and turning the country into a key energy hub in the region, he noted.
Mitsotakis tells MSNBC Greece supports NATO membership for Finland, Sweden
Asked to comment about Turkey’s criticism of Sweden’s and Finland’s plans to join NATO, Mitsotakis said that only the Turkish president would provide such an answer. Greece supports the membership of the two Northern European countries, he added, and he did not foresee serious objections to it.
It is not the right time to politicize their prospects of accession to the alliance in order to bargain for other benefits, he stressed, and said he expected that the issue would be resolved.
Schedule of Mitsotakis’ visit to Washington
Monday, May 16th (Athens times)
– At 10 p.m., Mitsotakis will meet with US President Joe Biden at the White House.
– At 12 a.m., he will attend a reception in his honor given by the American president.
Tuesday, May 17th (Athens times)
– At 4:40 p.m., Mitsotakis will visit the US Congress for a meeting with House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
– At 6 p.m., he will address the joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives.
– At 7 p.m., Mitsotakis will attend a reception in his honor given by House Speaker Pelosi.
– At 2 a.m., he will attend a dinner with representatives of Greek-American advocacy organizations.