Remarks At Meeting With Greek President Karolos Papoulias

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Presidential Mansion
Athens, Greece
July 17, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you for the warm welcome, and I am here to reaffirm our strong bonds of friendship, partnership. And as our fellow allies in NATO we have long roots, but what is most important is the relationship between the American and Greek people, and of course, our very strong, dynamic, Greek-American community in the United States which has so greatly enriched both of our nations. And I share your optimism that despite the difficult times and the very hard decisions that have had to be made, Greece is now on a path that will be very positive in terms of future growth and prosperity. There will be some painful sacrifices necessary, but I have full optimism in the resilience and the intelligence of the Greek people, and so I am here to sound a very strong note for all of the difficult work that lies ahead.

PRN: 2011/T51-06