The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, described the speech of the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, before the plenary session of the Congress as a unique inspiration, during her address at the reception, which she gave in honor of the Greek Prime Minister after his speech in the Congress. In his rebuttal, Kyriakos Mitsotakis thanked Ms. Pelozi for the opportunity given to him to address the US Senate and House of Representatives.
Following is the full address of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi and the opposition of the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Nancy Pelosi: Wasn’t the speech wonderful? I think it was a unique inspiration! I also told the Prime Minister, immediately after, that I had heard many speeches at the Joint Session of the Congress. All of them of historical significance, interesting and exceptional. But one of them has been on my mind for decades. I am referring to a speech by Vaclav Havel on democracy 30 years ago. Today’s speech by the Prime Minister is in this category. So remarkable, so timely.
Speaking with the Vice President, we agreed that when he referred to the people saying that they should enjoy the benefits of democracy, this message was so inspiring to all of us. There is a poem, I do not have it with me here, but this poem says that “each of us is the harvest of the other”. In America we reap the benefits of democracy born in Greece, the lessons, the ancient lessons of democracy. And then, in Greece, they reap the benefits of our democracy. So, in a way, we are all each other’s harvest. That is why our democracies have a very close relationship. With that, I would like to greet the Prime Minister, to make a toast to him. We thank him for the leadership he has shown, his inspiration, his courage, and everything he has done. Let us thank him for honoring us with his presence, for sharing his wisdom with us. We thank him for being a good friend of the USA.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis: Thank you. Thank you once again. First of all, I would like to thank you, Madam Speaker of the House of Representatives, for the unique opportunity you have given me to address Congress. It was an opportunity for me to share with you some thoughts on the level of relations between our two countries, but also to talk more broadly about what democracy is going through in these turbulent times.
And I take this opportunity, on behalf of the President of the Republic, to present you with the Grand Cross of the Order of Honor. The decision was made a year earlier, ie before your decision to host this great event. Thank you for all your support to Greece. It means a lot to us. Thank you.