US Secretary of State talks defence, Turkey with Greece’s Foreign Minister


Greece’s Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, welcomed US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, to Athens on Tuesday and held talks on defence, relations with Turkey, the Ukraine crisis and energy.

Dendias and Blinken also launched the start of the 4th Greece-US Strategic Dialogue, and in joint statements on Tuesday both leaders stressed that relations between Greece and the US have reached the highest level.

“The Strategic Dialogue concerns seven important areas. It is tangible proof of the dynamics of Greece’s relations with the US,” Dendias said.

“A solid basis of our bilateral relations are our common principles and values: freedom, democracy, human rights, our adherence to International Law and the principles of the United Nations Charter.”

For his part, Blinken said defence cooperation between Greece and the US “is something very important for the promotion of peace and stability throughout the region.”

The US Secretary of State also thanked Greece for its immediate support to victims of Turkey’s earthquake this month. He underlined that the US will continue to work with Greece and Turkey to resolve issues diplomatically.

This meeting with Dendias concluded Blinken’s visit to Athens this week. During his visit, Blinken also met with Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras and Greek disaster response teams who assisted Turkey in the aftermath of its recent earthquake.





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