US BACKS GREEK EFFORTS

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STORY: US BACKS GREEK EFFORTS DATELINE: July 18, 2011 LENGTH: 0:01:21 LOCATION: BEIJING PKG Intro: The U.S. has voiced strong support for Greece's economic recovery efforts. Pkg: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday hailed Athens for pushing through economic reforms. Visiting Athens, Clinton met with Greek President Karolos Papoulias, Prime Minister George Papandreou and other senior offricials. She emphasized Washington's backing for their austerity measures. At a news conference with Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis, Clinton says the U.S. strongly supports the determination of the government to carry out the necessary reforms and get the country back on track. Voicing confidence that Greece will not face financial collapse, the Greek officials note that friends prove themselves in difficult periods and the U.S- Greece partnership has passed the test. Clinton also co-signed with Lambrinidis a memorandum of cooperation on imposing import restrictions on Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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