Venizelos meets Kerry and Lew in Washington

Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos rounded off his trip to Washington Friday with meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, which focused on Greece’s plans for the European Union presidency and its economic adjustment program.

“I want to congratulate Greece on assuming the EU presidency, and we look forward very much to working with them in that role, but also in continuing the path towards economic recovery,” said Kerry as he welcomed Venizelos.

“And, step by step, we want to continue to not only work on that, but [also] on our superb cooperation with respect to counterterrorism, the Balkans, the Middle East,” added the secretary.

Earlier, Venizelos discussed Greece’s fiscal consolidation and structural reforms with Lew. Sources said that the Greek minister made it clear during the meeting that Athens would not accept any new austerity measures.

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