Ellinikon International Airport
I have come here as a philhellene, a friend of Greece. (Applause.) And I look forward to experiencing that wonderful quality of Greek hospitality known to all the world as phyloxenia. (Applause.)
Through this visit I want the American people to see the changing face
of Greece; the powerhouse of southeast Europe, with the highest growth rate in
the EU; a booming stock market; a nation on a fast track to join the European
Monetary Union; an old democracy that is a model for the young democracies of
the Balkans; the gateway to their markets; a driving force in the effort to
rebuild war-torn nations and to bring them into Europe.
Our nations have so much in common. We are allies with a shared commitment to peace and security; democracies with a long tradition of impassioned political debate about issues that affect our lives and engage our convictions. Above all, we are two nations proud of our past, but focused on the future. I look forward to that future, and to our partnership, with confidence and hope. And I look very much forward to our visit with you.
Thank you very much. (Applause.)
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