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Trade seen as key to better US - Greece relations

Alexis Tsipras and Donald Trump put past differences behind them during a visit to the White House by the Greek leader

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Trade seen as key to better US - Greece relations

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US President Donald Trump and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras have put trade and investment at the top of their joint agenda during a visit by the Greek leader.

It’s been a chance to put past differences behind them – Tsipras once predicted a Trump presidency would be “evil” while Trump told Greece to “get out of the euro and stop waisting time”.

The tone from both men has since become more positive with remarks such as “common values” and “fertile ground for the two countries to work together:

“I’ve encouraged the prime minister in his continued implementation of reform and reform programme and I’ve totally reaffirmed our support for a responsible debt relief plan. A strong and flourishing Greece provides immense opportunity for American trade investment and job creation,” President Trump told reporters in their joint press conference.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras later responded:
“It’s clear that our strategic cooperation with the United States becomes more important than ever. We are looking forward to attracting important American investments and more substantial support from the US in our effort to come out of this terrible crisis”.

Specific areas also covered – NATO and a possible F-16 aircraft upgrade to Greece.

With relations apparently set on a more solid footing a Trump trip to Athens now seems on the cards.