PM talks business with Jewish-American leaders

Prime Minister George Papandreou and several of his cabinet members met with a visiting delegation of Jewish-American leaders on Thursday for talks aimed at boosting bilateral ties and investment in Greece?s debt-ridden economy.

The two sides discussed possible cooperation in the tourism, agriculture, defense and new technologies sectors. Papandreou added that Greece could help Israeli businesses gain a foothold in Europe.

?We see the [European] market expanding toward the Mediterranean and we would like to integrate Israel into this market,? the premier said, adding that such a step is ?vital for Israel?s economy but also for its strategic security.?

Earlier in the week, the delegation – headed by Alan Solow, Chairman of the Jewish Community Centers Association (JCCA) – visited Thessaloniki which has a sizable Jewish community.