President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias received visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday. During the meeting, she repeated Washington's strong support for Greece's efforts to overcome the debt crisis and her optimism that the country would succeed.
"In spite of the difficult times and tough decisions that had to be taken, Greece is now on a path that is very positive in terms of its future growth and prosperity," she said.
Noting that some painful sacrifices were necessary, Clinton said she had confidence in the stamina and ingenuity of the Greek people and was in Greece to send a strong message of support for the tough job that lay ahead.
Papoulias, on his part, thanked Clinton and U.S. President Barack Obama for their support of Greece and for intervening on the country's behalf with European leaders.
Clinton referred to the strong ties between the two countries, both in the framework of NATO and through the Greek-American community that she said significantly enriched both countries.