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US Congress delegation visits Greek Chief of Defence in Athens

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A delegation of US House of Representatives members led by Congressman Jason Crow paid an official visit to the chief of Hellenic National Defence General Staff (GEETHA), General Constantinos Floros, at the ministry in Athens on Thursday.

During the short meeting, Floros welcomed the delegation, stressing the importance of the “continuous and dynamic development of the strategic relationship between Greece and the USA,” an official statement said.

The GEETHA Chief then referred to the recently ratified Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) between the US and Greece which has seen the implementation of cross-branch joint operational training activities.

He also provided an update on the joint Greece-US Air Force exercise at Souda as well as the upgrade of naval support facilities at Souda in Crete and Alexandroupolis in Evros, maintaining they “provide significant facilities to the US and coalition forces”.

With reference to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Floros spoke of the repercussions in terms of security and Greece’s active participation “in NATO’s actions to strengthen the Eastern wing of the Alliance.”

Following the meeting with the US delegation, Floros and Greece’s Minister for National Defence, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, met with the Estonian Minister of Defence, Hanno Pevkur, at the Greek Ministry of National Defence.

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