Dear Mr President-Elect,
I would like to congratulate you on your election as the 46th President of the United States of America.
I am confident that the 20th of January will mark a new day, not only for the United States but for the world and the international community as a whole.
Your election marks a unique opportunity to strengthen international institutions and multilateral diplomacy, not least in climate change and arms control, protect international law and reinforce a balanced US-EU relationship.
Furthermore, your friendship, experience and support – spanning 45 years- for Greek-American relations, for the Greek-American community and for the reunification of Cyprus on the basis of a fair and viable solution within the framework of UN Resolutions, constitute a solid basis for further steps in all these areas as well as in strengthening peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, at a very difficult moment for the region.
I, as the then Prime Minister, as well as the Greek people, remember well the support that President Obama and yourself as Vice-President, provided in the period 2015-2016 when Greeks were trying to overcome the economic crisis and leave austerity behind. I remember well President Obama’s words here in Athens, in his final trip abroad, standing up for democratic ideals and underlining that: “Because our democracies are inclusive, we’re able to welcome people and refugees in need to our countries. The Greek people’s generosity towards refugees arriving on your shores has inspired the world.” Finally, I remember the importance you attached to the Prespa Agreement resolving the name issue with North Macedonia, in our meeting in February 2019 at the margins of the Munich Security Conference.
At this crucial moment, I believe strongly that your “Mandate for Action”’ underlines the confident, progressive leadership we need in the US and around the world, in order to strengthen public healthcare to confront the pandemic, fight climate change, tackle systemic racism, support rule of law, and promote equality, gender rights and social justice.
Leader of the Main Opposition
President of SYRIZA
Former Prime Minister/ibna