Greece-US relations are at their peak, but not at their peak, stressed the US Ambassador Jeffrey Payat, citing a top official in Washington who participated in the third Strategic Dialogue between the two countries. This means, as he explained, that there is a sense on both sides that we are in a very positive moment in terms of the relationship, but also that we have a very ambitious vision for the future. Speaking to reporters on the results of the third Strategic Dialogue and Amendment to the Greece-US Defense Agreement last week in Washington, Jeffrey Payat said it was the most intensive week of talks between the two governments since the beginning of the administration. He stressed that it was the first opportunity to be informed in the US about how much Greece has changed a lot, but also for the opportunities that Greece offers for the USA and its policyThe
She was special in “excellent interpersonal relationship»Between the Foreign Ministers of Greece and the USA, Nikos Dendias and Anthony Blinken. As for Anthony Blinken, he pointed out that he spoke with great knowledge about everything that happened in Greece as well as about the devotion of President Joe Biden to the US-Greece relationship. In addition, special mention in talks between Deputy Foreign Minister Costas Frangogiannis and the new Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Energy and Environment Jose Fernandez regarding trade and investment relations and the tripartite Greece, Cyprus, Israel + USA, the 3 + 1 format, but also the contacts of the National Security Council of Prime Minister Thanos Dokos, as with His American counterpart in the White House, and the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Themistoklis Demiris.
He emphasized the importance of the contacts and the broad agenda of the talks that the Greek delegation had with American officials who play an important role in the Biden administration, and stressed that these talks replace the changing geometry of Greek foreign policy. Continuing, he expressed US support for the geometry of Greek foreign policy. «A Greek foreign policy that is no longer limited by a decade of economic crisis and no longer focuses on one neighbor only, but is thinking broadly about how to promote our common interests, stability, democracy and the rule of law in a wide area beyond Western Balkans to the Black Sea, from the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa, via the Gulf to the Indian OceanThe American ambassador noted. Accordingly, he approached that the US has a foreign policy strategy that is based and anchored in cooperation with our closest allies. In this context, it is available that Greece is clearly one of the closest allies of the United States and added that the Strategic Dialogue “was an opportunity for in-depth talks on where to go together.”
Focusing on Greece-US Strategic Dialogue, said that he was the third in which he participated and stressed that he was by far the most productive and richer than the first of the process. He stated that he was very impressed “by the quality” of the composition of the Greek delegation in Washington. The experts from the Ministries of Justice, Civil Protection, Defense, Energy, Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Culture, Education, Labor and of course the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were really an “All-Star” team of the Greek government and were very visible in their quality. presented, but also the quality of the dialogue that took place, he said characteristically Jeffrey Payat and pointed out that his colleagues in Washington were impressed from this. He also emphasized the quality of discussions in all pillars, with particular reference to energy and climate, law enforcement, trade, investment and counter-terrorism.
Afterwards, the American ambassador referred to the Amendment of the Defense Agreement of the Republic of Greece with the United States, making special reference to the return of Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, in which the positive role is emphasized. of US diplomacy accompanied the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) signed by the State Department.
In this context, he points out that Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement provides the foundation for the United States to direct additional investment in slots, adding that in Alexandroupolis, Stefanovikio and Larissa have made improvements. Now, we’ve expanded this portfolio, but we’ve also added the certainty that comes with long-term longer. In particular, it speaks to the importance of the certainty offered by its longer duration. At the same time, referring to the Blinken letter, he referred to the strong commitment of the two countries to NATO and expressed his report on the Greek government’s commitment to dialogue, the settlement of peaceful disputes and the common belief that the Mediterranean should be cooperative.
Amendment of the Defense Agreement means that the US is committed to its alliance with Greece
Focusing his analysis on the importance of the Defense Agreement and Biden’s letter, he stressed that they mean that Greece’s relations with the United States are stronger than ever, that the United States is committed to its alliance with Greece and that Greece’s reputation has been significantly enhanced in a number of steps which the Greek government has done over the years to strengthen its role as a source of solutions, its contribution to the Western Balkans, its contribution to the Eastern Mediterranean and its efforts now to expand this area of cooperation even further.
“It is rare to have a success story like Greece”
Confessing the conversation he had with the new Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Energy and Environment Jose Fernandez before the Strategic Dialogue, Jeffrey Payat said that his school is about the answer you have to a real success story (success story) such as ” success story ”of the Greek economic recovery. Indicatively, he referred to the offer of new large investments by Microsoft, AWS, Pfizer, Cisco and everything that accompanies the Greek-American trade and investment relationship.
In favor of the session of the 3 + 1 form in Athens
He announced that Jose Fernandez will visit Greece in the coming months and that he also expressed his strong support for the idea of a future meeting of the 3 + 1 group (Greece, Cyprus, Israel, with US support) in Athens, which will gather the different parts of economic, trade, investment, technological cooperation. He made clear again the strong American interest in advancing this form of cooperation.
In addition, the US ambassador referred to the “fantastic success of the tourism economy”, noting that on the return of the United States on the flight of “American Airlines”, all seats on the plane were full of tourists. He said he was glad to hear the tourists upon their arrival in Greece: “Look at the sky. We already love Greece. It is fantastic “. In this light, he said that there is a lot to do in this area.
Finally, Jeffrey Payat announced that during the talks in Washington There has been a lot of discussion about Libya, that there was a clear message from Greece to Washington and stressed that there was a large comparison with the American goals. He said that Greece reopened the consulate in Benghazi, stressing that it has a real footprint and added: “Our attitude towards Libya is almost the same. We both want to see successful elections. We want to see Libya move towards a more normal stable state. “And we firmly agree that all foreign powers must withdraw.” He also praised Greece’s “constructive” role in Libya.
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