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In Athens, US envoy Nuland sees progress with Greek reforms

US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said on Monday that Washington backed the Greek governments reform drive.

Nuland met with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos, representatives of American firms in Greece and visited Microsofts innovation centre in Athens.

I want to say that first and foremost on our bilateral relationship the United States is focused on supporting Greece through this reform effort and supporting the dual agenda of implementing reform and stimulating growth, she said.

American companies who I met with here this morning were very encouraged and supportive of the reform efforts that the government has undertaken, and were all eager to see continued implementation of those measures, particularly in the area of stimulating investments, stimulating entrepreneurship, added Nuland.

Nuland also expressed thanks to Greece, which holds the European Union presidency until June, for supporting Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a free trade agreement to be negotiated between the European Union and the US.

ekathimerini.com , Monday February 3, 2014 (15:58)  
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