The deepening of the Athens-Washington strategic partnership was the focus of the first meeting between the new Greek Foreign Minister, Nikos Dendias, and his American counterpart, Mike Pompeo, at the State Department.

“I am glad that one of my first meetings as Foreign Minister of the new Greek government was with my US counterpart Mike Pompeo. We all know that the close relationship between Greece and the United States has a long history, but it is particularly interesting to deepen and extend this relationship every time. We spoke about the strategic dialogue between the two countries, the deepening of this dialogue, as well as an outline of other issues included in this dialogue,” noted the Greek minister.

In a discussion regarding current geopolitical developments in the region, Mr. Dendias focused on the Turkish stance against the sovereign rights of both the Republic of Cyprus and Greece in the wider region of the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean.

The State Department referred to the meeting between the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, as a confirmation of the importance of Greek-American relations.

The head of US diplomacy highlighted the strong bilateral defense and security partnership, and noted the role of Greece as a pillar of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans.

Furthermore, Mr. Pompeo welcomed the progress made by Greece in the implementation of energy projects that enhance the expansion of regional interconnectivity.

Finally, the two Ministers agreed to continue the progress made in key areas since the December 2018 Strategic Dialogue.