TITUS WELCOMES GREEK AMBASSADOR, HIGHLIGHTS OPENING OF ACROPOLIS MUSEUM

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Dina Titus of Nevada's Third District and a member of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus spoke on the House floor this morning to welcome the new Ambassador of Greece to the United States and congratulate Greece on the opening of the Acropolis Museum. Below are her remarks as delivered. To watch her speech on the House floor, click here.

"I rise today to welcome the new ambassador from Greece to Washington. Ambassador Vassilis Kaskarelis has a long and distinguished diplomatic career, having represented Greece at the U.N., NATO, and the E.U., among other posts.

"No doubt he will be an excellent partner as we move to strengthen Greek American relations on issues like Cyprus and the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Those are example of traditional issues, but we must also focus on Greece's pivotal position in the geopolitics of the region and the new global economy.

"I also congratulate Greece on the recent opening of the spectacular Acropolis Museum. I was honored to represent President Obama and the United States at its inauguration. Built of stone from the region and bathed in natural light reflected from the nearby Aegean, it houses some of the world's greatest antiquities. Accordingly, it cries out for the return of the Parthenon Marbles from the British Museum."