Greece is a country which demonstrably complies with what it has agreed on and achieves its targets, making it a reliable economic partner internationally, State Minister Nikos Pappas said in a meeting with U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in Washington on Thursday.
Pappas presented the positive prospects of the Greek economy following the agreement at the last Eurogroup on how to close the Greek program review, as well as the start of talks on the country’s debt.
Earlier, Pappas discussed developments on Greece’s economic program and regional issues in a meeting with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S Undersecretary for International Trade Stefan Selig.
On her side, Nuland stressed the importance of Greece’s political and economic stability for the wider region, considering the country’s crucial role in tackling the refugee crisis, the fostering of EU-Turkey relations and the active participation in ensuring regional peace, stability and energy cooperation.
Selig and Pappas also discussed developments on the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and the Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) pipeline, as well as the floating gas terminal in Alexandroupolis in northern Greece and issues related to pharmaceutical companies (arrears, hospital claw back, tariffs and patents).