Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras underlined the importance of the recent Greece-FYROM accord for stability and mutual economic development in the Balkans, during a telephone conversation with US Vice President Mike Pence yesterday.

Tsipras and Pence also discussed bolstering US-Greece economic ties, especially with a view to September’s Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, where the US will be the honoured country. They also discussed Greek-Turkish relations and Turkey’s role in the broader region, according to the PM’s office.

The White House readout on the Pence-Tsipras conversation, which focused on the FYROM issue, is as follows:

“Vice President Mike Pence congratulated Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the historic agreement with Skopje to resolve the long-standing name issue. He offered U.S. support for the agreement and its sustainable, successful implementation, and praised Prime Minister Tsipras’s leadership and courage in reaching this agreement, which will bolster the region’s prosperity and stability. Vice President Pence also discussed the upcoming Thessaloniki International Fair, which will feature the United States as the honored country.”