Greek PM Hails Sino-Greek Co-op

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Added On September 11, 2017

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has hailed Sino-Greek cooperation, expressing confidence for the further deepening of bilateral ties.

Tsipras made the remarks during the opening of China's pavilion at Greece's top annual trade fair in the northern city port of Thessaloniki.

China is the honored country in the 82nd Thessaloniki International Fair.

The Prime Minister praised China's Belt and Road initiative and reiterated Greece's strong support

He underlined the key role that Chinese investments play in Greece's efforts to overcome the debt crisis and restore growth.

SOUNDBITE (GREEK): ALEXIS TSIPRAS, Greek Prime Minister
"We will quickly move forward, and via the collaboration with Chinese enterprises and Chinese investments here, to transform Greece into an international transport, trade and energy hub."

Addressing the ceremony, Chinese ambassador to Greece said it was the first time after 19 years that China is the honored country in Greece's most prestigious trade fair.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): ZOU XIAOLI, Chinese ambassador to Greece
"This is a clear sign of the progress achieved in mutual understanding and trust between the two countries and peoples and of the joint efforts we make to address challenges to the benefit of all sides."
  
Accompanied by several Greek ministers, the Greek leader toured the fair as well as China's exhibition hall.

The hall occupies an area of six acres, with about 170 companies including giants representing major sectors of the Chinese economy.