Dear guests, ladies and gentlemen…
I am pleased so many could attend this evening.
Tonight’s reception is an occasion for new friendships, new partnerships.
I look forward to getting to know all of you.
A little bit about me – I am from New York City, and have lived in some of the great large cities of the world: London, Sao Paulo, Rome, Moscow.
In each of these places, I have seen how people with great differences live side by side, develop friendships, and worked to together for a common goal, a better future for their children. I have been inspired by their example as we are being inspired by yours.
As a friend to all Cypriots, the United States supports a shared Cypriot vision of peace and prosperity, and of a future that offers hope to all Cypriots.
Leaders in Washington are watching the discussions, rooting for success, and will help where we can.
I value our strong relationship with all of you. My team will embody the U.S. Embassy’s mission statement: Americans and Cypriots working together in the Eastern Mediterranean for peace, stability, and prosperity.
Speaking of my team – I would like to introduce some of the other newcomers in our Embassy. They bring tremendous experience and enthusiasm to Cyprus:
- Pol/Econ Chief Patrick Connell
- Consular Chief Christine Jackson
- Political Section Deputy Amanda Beck
- Econ Section Deputy Veronica Torres
- Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Randy Cole
- Maj. Jack Lockhart, Assistant Army Attaché
- Drug Enforcement Agent, Joe Hathaway
I look forward to getting to know you and to learning about Cypriot culture, especially your music, food, and traditions.
I hope you enjoy the evening.