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The United States strongly supports the Greek government's efforts to implement a programme of economic reforms and improve the business and investment climate, especially in terms of American companies eager to come back to Greece and how to attract more of them, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said in Athens on Wednesday, after talks with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.

 

Nuland said Washington was pleased to see a big package of measures recently passed by Greece's Parliament and said things appeared to be on track but that a lot of work still needed to be done.

"The Prime Minister [Alexis Tsipras] made clear that there is a strong commitment on behalf of the government to complete that work and to move on to the debt consultations.

And we have been Greece’s partner throughout this process, and we will continue to be a strong partner," she said. Nuland noted that her talks with Kotzias had covered the refugee and migrant issue, adding that the US had been impressed by Greece's generosity and openness.

"It’s obviously a very difficult challenge that you have.

And we support you and we support the European Union," she said, noting that the United States was the largest donor to the UNHCR and by extension some of the underway in Greece in this area.

Referring to energy security and the TAP pipeline, Nuland said that the US was "very bullish, very enthusiastic" about the role that Greece can play in European energy security.

"We think that there are enormous opportunities here to spur growth throughout Europe and in Greece as well, with these investment opportunities," she said. Nuland said her talks with Kotzias had covered investment opportunities and regional issues, such as the Cyprus, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Libya, noting that these were all "challenges that we work on together".

Asked whether the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) was part of the discussion, Nuland said she had talked about "our shared hope that we can find a solution that is acceptable so that we can move on," with both Tsipras and Kotzias.

Finally, she noted that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was "looking forward" to visiting Athens before the end of the year and that his visit will likely "demonstrate our strong investment and support for this bilateral relationship."

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