Bill Clinton in Athens to support investment drive
Former US president Bill Clinton will be in Athens on Sunday to support an investment drive spearheaded by Greek-American businessmen.
ATHENS - Former US president Bill Clinton will be in Athens on Sunday to support an investment drive spearheaded by Greek-American businessmen, the state-run Athens News Agency said on Friday.
Clinton, 65, will meet with new Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and address a conference on the initiative, which is designed to create a fund to promote foreign investment in recession-hit Greece, ANA said.
The foreign ministry confirmed the initiative but gave no detail on the conference programme, which the organisers have also yet to reveal. "This is a private initiative, and an important one," foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras told reporters on Thursday.
"Greece is the most advanced country in its neighbourhood ... it is a country that can broadcast safety and stability and create conditions for growth in the entire area," he added.
"We need to remind people again of these characteristics, which we tend to forget due to the economic crisis and the negative coverage our country has received for quite some time," Delavekouras said.
Clinton will be arriving in Greece from Cyprus, after giving a speech Saturday at the European University in Nicosia. He last visited in Athens in 2007 to address a Hellenic-American chamber of commerce event.