Vice President Joe Biden

December 7, 2011 by staff 

Vice President Joe Biden, The United States will support Greece during these difficult times, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said during a visit to Athens on Monday, in remarks that offered reassurance rather than concrete aid.

“I am here to tell you that we stand with you in solidarity as you meet some difficult requirements of the IMF and European Union,” Biden told reporters before a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos. “It is a difficult time for Greece and we stand ready to help in every way we can.”

Biden travelled to Greece before a key EU summit on the debt crisis in Brussels on Friday, in what has been called a crucial week for the common currency.

Illustrating Washington’s concern that the euro zone’s troubles could sap the fragile U.S. recovery, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will separately visit the euro zone this week to urge its leaders to act decisively to control the crisis.

U.S. officials speaking in Washington on Geithner’s mission stressed that he would bring advice and encouragement rather than money, at a time of severe budget constraints back home.

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