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For Immediate Release

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

Vice President Biden spoke with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras today to congratulate Greece in advance of Greek Independence Day celebrations at the White House tomorrow. The Vice President expressed appreciation for the valuable role Greece continues to play as a strategic partner and NATO ally. He welcomed Greece’s continued economic progress as the government carries out its reforms, and pledged enduring U.S. support for returning Greece to economic growth and prosperity. The two leaders discussed the on-going situation in Ukraine, including support for the upcoming May elections and the need to stand united against Russian aggression. They also discussed the importance of transatlantic cooperation on energy security. Finally, Vice President Biden expressed appreciation to Greece for its support for a just and lasting settlement that reunites Cyprus as a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation.