New York.- ANA-MPA
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent messages about Greece and its role on Wednesday during his speech at a reception held by the Greek consulate in New York.
“Thanks to the efforts of the Greek people, we managed to exit the regime of harsh surveillance. Today we are all determined to turn a page,” Tsipras stressed.
Expressing his gratitude to the Greek Americans for their important ceaseless efforts, Tsipras said that since 2016 he remembers their deep faith and their confidence that Greece could overcome the great difficulties and stand again on its feet.
The Greek people leave behind the difficult period that started in 2010, he said. He added that the country has left behind the eight-year period when it lost a great part of its economic sovereignty and managed to become a normal country again.
Moreover, he said, Greece regained its lost geopolitical role and its importance as a country of stability in a more destabilized region. “Greece is playing a leading role in the Southeastern Mediterranean and Europe,” he stressed.
Global Hope Coalition
“In very difficult times, the Greek people have proved that they can show solidarity with those in need,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said late on Thursday at the Global Hope Coalition’s Annual Dinner, where he was awarded for Greece’s stance on the refugee crisis.
The prime minister noted that he accepted this award on behalf of the Greek people, because the citizens of Greece are those who deserve credit and praise. Especially on behalf of the people of the Greek islands, he stressed, as they raised the heavy burden of all Europe on their shoulders in the difficult times of the refugee crisis.
“We are proud because at the time when other countries in Central Europe were building walls and fences, the Greeks opened their hearts,” he underlined.
“We are very proud of our history and the ideals it represents. But we are also proud of our present and the future,” the prime minister said. Because, as he added, “we have succeeded in demonstrating that solidarity and respect for human rights are always the right answer, even in the most difficult and demanding moments.”
“And if we choose to go on the opposite side, choose fear, hatred and xenophobia, then we are doomed,” because, as he added, “history must not be ignored and treated with a lack of respect.”
“We must act in harmony with the values that fueled the collective progress of each nation separately and of humanity as whole,” he said and added: “We owe it to our citizens, but especially to the next generations.”