Gas pipelines at the core of Tsipras, Biden talks in Davos

Greece’s economic program, the refugee crisis, cooperation with the US, especially in investments and energy, the Cyprus problem, as well as the name dispute concerning the neighboring Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Fyrom) were all discussed at a meeting between Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and US vice president Joe Biden at the annual World Economic Forum, now taking place in Davos, Switzerland.

Recent agreements reached to pave the way for the development of the TAP (Trans Adriatic Pipeline) and IGB (Greece-Bulgaria Interconnector) natural gas pipeline projects were praised during the talks, while the potential to supply LNG to other parts of Europe via Greece was also discussed. Greece’s role as a prospective regional energy hub was also on the agenda.

The US vice president stressed that stability in Greece is crucially important for wider stability in Europe, according to a statement released by the Greek prime minister’s press office. Swift completion of the next review of Greece’s bailout program is necessary to help propel the country towards economic recovery, the two officials agreed, according to the statement.

Tsipras hailed initiatives taken by the US vice president for closer economic ties between Greece and the US as well as the latter’s promotion of US investments in Greece.