The Consulate General of Greece in New York has announced via a post on its Facebook page that Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will speak at a community event in Astoria — New York City’s predominately Greek neighborhood.
The event is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7:00pm in the auditorium of St. Demetrios School.
Mitsotakis, whose center-right New Democracy party swept to power in a landslide victory in July’s national elections, is expected to address the controversial issue of diaspora Greeks’ voting rights and his party’s position.
Mitsotakis will be in New York for the United Nations General Assembly and is also expected to meet with American business leaders to pitch Greece as an attractive destination for investments.
He has the backing of US Ambassador to Athens, Geoffrey Pyatt, who said in a recent speech at the 2019 Southeast Europe Energy Forum that the time to invest in Greece “is now.”
Pyatt cited the Mitsotakis administration’s promises to cut through bureaucratic “red tape” to make Greece more appealing to foreign investors.
“I know that the government is fully committed to working with the private sector and moving forward with reforms,” Pyatt said. “Their intention is to exceed expectations and to demonstrate results as rapidly as possible.”
The ambassador added that Greece has become a key American economic partner and that the country plays a leading role in southeastern Europe’s energy sector.
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