The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) welcomes recent high-level engagements made by key State Department officials with Greece and the Republic of Cyprus to discuss bilateral relations as well as developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, including increased tensions and energy exploration.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias in Vienna, Austria, August 14, 2020. According to a State Department statement, the two officials discussed “the urgent need to reduce tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.”
In addition, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale met Republic of Cyprus Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Christodoulides in Larnaca, Cyprus, August 16, 2020. The meeting touched on several topics ranging from a deepening partnership between the two countries, to reaffirming American support for the right of Cyprus to exploit its hydrocarbon resources, to the Cyprus problem.
“AHI welcomes discussions that affirm the strong state of relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus,” President Nick Larigakis said. “The United States must stand by stable, reliable and trustworthy allies and partners, such as Greece and Cyprus, that work toward peace and stability in the region, which is in the United States’ best interests.”