(United States) – Haris Lalacos, the new Ambassador of Greece to the United Stated States, has given President Barack Obama his credentials in a formal ceremony that officially begins his mission in the United States. The ceremony, which is a tradition when it comes to welcoming a new Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Lalacos of the Hellenic Republic presented the President with a document known as the Letter of Credence.
During the ceremony, Ambassador Lalacos talked about his mission, which is to promote the good relationship that the two countries already have. He also conveyed that he wishes for the prosperity and well-being of the American people as a whole. He also went on to express that he believes the two countries already have a “privileged relationship” and also enjoy a “strategic partnership.” He also talked about the role that the Greek-American community, which is located in various places throughout the United States, plays in this partnership.
When President Obama took began his speech, he welcomed Ambassador Lalacos to Washington, D.C. and said that he is looking forward to working together to advance both country’s common agendas. He also expressed his desire to “deepen the strong and abiding friendship” that the two countries already enjoy. At the end of his speech, the President said that he believes that, “Greece’s resilience and perseverance will see the country back to a path of economic prosperity.”
The United States has had a new Ambassador from Greece since December 23, 1907. The Greek Embassy is located in Washington, D.C. There are also Greek Consulates located in cities Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Tampa, Atlanta, and Houston. Each of these cities have fairly large Greek communities. There is also a United States Embassy located in Athens, Greece, which further strengthens the relationship between the two countries.