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U.S. Ambassador Pyatt’s On The Record Briefing With Greek Journalists Following The 3rd U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue

U.S. Ambassador Pyatt’s On the Record Briefing with Greek journalists following the 3rd U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue

Source: Port Authority of Alexandroupolis
Athens, Greece (PortSEurope) October 19, 2021 – Yesterday, at an event at the Ambassador’s Residence, U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt spoke with local journalists after his return from Washington to attend the 3rd U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue. Whilst releasing no details, Pyatt praised the relationship between Greek Foreign Minister Dendias and U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and the discussions around the newly-renewed, five-year Mutual Defense Cooperation
Agreement. Among many issues, one raised was the port of Alexandroupoli, of interest to Washington for two reasons. Firstly, the city-port’s role in the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement. Alexandroupoli hosts one of the U.S. armed forces bases in Greece and its use is likely to increase. Pyatt said that the U.S. had “raised the bar in terms of the size and complexity of operations” at the port. Also, two large carrier ships visited the port at the same time last summer. The second issue is the ongoing privatisation of the port and two U.S. companies are in the running. The ambassador took questions from the local press and a transcript of the discussion can be read here. In a related issue, it was reported last week that the Greek-American George Tsounis is the choice of Joe Biden for the position of the American ambassador in Athens. This is a political choice, as Tsounis is not a diplomat, while he is the second Greek-American to assume this diplomatic post in Athens. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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