Ambassador Tsunis: Greece and the United States at the forefront of the battle to defend democracy


The dream of democracy was born in Greece, it is what inspired the founding of the United States and also what united the Greek and American people, said US Ambassador to Greece George James Tsunis , in a speech at a reception given by the United States Consulate General in Thessaloniki at Anatolia College on Thursday evening, to mark Independence Day on July 4.

Today, he noted, the two countries are at the forefront of the battle between democratic values ​​and tyranny, with a sovereign European state facing outright invasion. “Our collective response today will determine the future of the world tomorrow,” he added.
Tsunis spoke of the values ​​underlying the American “Declaration of Independence”, such as the dream of equality and the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness for all, as well as the fact that many Americans joined in the struggle for Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire. ruled in 1821. Defending democracy and protecting democratic values ​​had been a “shared promise” and a “sacred duty” ever since, he added.

He concluded by referring to the special bonds of friendship between the two countries and his own Greek roots as the child of immigrants to the United States, saying it was an honor to return to serve as United States Ambassador.

The reception was also addressed by US Consul General Elizabeth K. Lee, who said the story of Greece and the United States was one of two partners joining forces to become a whole greater than the sum of its parts. parts.

The two countries were not only linked by their almost parallel struggle for independence and their commitment to democracy, but also by a common history, she said, while referring to the many American companies that invested in Thessaloniki, such as Pfizer, Deloitte, Cisco and AWS.

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The event was attended by Deputy Minister of Interior (Macedonia and Thrace) Stavros Kalafatis, Governor of Central Macedonia Apostolos Tzitzikostas, Head of the Prime Minister’s Office in Thessaloniki and many other Greek officials.

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