President Donald Trump has invited Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to the White House on October 17, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement to reporters.
Tsipras will travel to Washington to meet with Trump about regional defense and security cooperation, among other bilateral issues, including energy and economic investment, the White House said.
“President Trump and Prime Minister Tsipras will discuss ways to enhance our partnership and demonstrate our shared commitment to enduring democratic values that are so important to securing peace and prosperity around the world,” Sanders said.
The Trump-Tsipras summit is certain to draw worldwide attention because the U.S. has yet to spell out whether it will maintain its current level of financial support for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) — roughly $113 billion, or 17 percent of the entire IMF resources, which is heavily involved in supporting Greece through a bailout program.
Along with the European Central Bank and Eurogroup (the 19 members of the Eurozone), the IMF is one of the members of the troika — the three creditors who have provided loans to keep the Greek economy afloat since 2010.
The issue of Souda Bay on the island of Crete is also expected to be high on the two leaders’ agenda, as the port and military base is one of the United States’ most strategic naval outposts in the world.