Biden Tells Tsipras US Backs Faltering Greek Debt Relief Hopes

Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras (L) with US Vice President Joe Biden

NEW YORK – US Vice President Joe Biden told Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the United Nations that America supports Athens’ hope to get debt relief some day.

Biden was essentially repeating US statements that Greece needs help although it has limited influence on the issue.

The two talked on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Sept. 20, media reports said, about Tsipras trying to get Greece’s international lenders to restructure 326 billion euros ($363.6 billion) in three bailouts or even to have much of it written off.

Tsipras earlier had agreed to the creditor’s demands he not raise the issue until 2016 but almost immediately reneged on that, as he has on anti-austerity pledges as his Radical Left SYRIZA party has plummeted in polls.

Biden reportedly noted the call from the International Monetary Fund, one of the lenders, for its European partners to take a hit on Greek loans while the Washington, D.C-based institution is insisting on being paid in full.