Ambassador Pyatt was a spaker in the event “The Role of the Greek American Community in Advancing U.S.-Greek Relations” which was held in Athens by the American Hellenic Institute.
Mr Pyatt stated; “I was in Washington, DC for the Strategic Dialogue in October and while I didn’t have the opportunity during that brief visit to catch up with AHI and other Greek diaspora groups like I usually do when I’m in town, I want to let you know that the work you do was very much on display. AHI and the various Greek diaspora groups active in Washington remain incredible force multipliers in the bilateral relationship. There is no mistaking the role that you have played and continue to play in strengthening the important strategic relationship between Greece and the United States”.
Moreover, he underlined that “It is remarkable to look back on how far the U.S.-Greece relationship has come over the past five years. Greece has become a driver of stability and a widely admired source of solutions in the region. The Greece-U.S. defense and security relationship has grown dramatically over the past five years, and I am proud to say we are at a high-point in our military cooperation. This was evident when Secretary of State Blinken and Foreign Minister Dendias signed amendments to our Mutual Defense and Cooperation Agreement in October to extend the duration and scope of the MDCA to advance our joint security goals. And we will spotlight it some more on Friday when I will travel to Alexandroupouli with Defense Minister Panagiotopoulos to observe our largest ever military cooperation in that strategically located city”.
“Greece has proven itself to be a valuable U.S. partner, a pillar of regional stability, and an important energy and transportation hub capable of building bridges between NATO Allies and key regional partners. As an important complement to the Administration’s efforts, we are seeing sustained interest by members of Congress, having hosted in the past few months Senators Menendez, Murphy, and Ossoff, along with Congressman Bilirakis. And I have been delighted to see strong bipartisan support for the Menendez-Rubio U.S.-Greek Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act, and the Bilirakis-Deutch legislation in the House. President Biden of course cares deeply about the democratic values that were born here in ancient Athens and he has made it very clear that he is personally committed to taking U.S.-Greece relations to the next level.
In sum, we’ve reached a moment in which Greek and American interests in this region are more closely aligned than ever before, and the U.S.-Greece relationship is at an all-time high. Multiple governments and two political parties in both our countries have contributed to this accomplishment, but I will also give credit to the many individuals and organizations that have prioritized our bilateral relationship, including, importantly, the Greek-American community. So, it’s a special pleasure to be with you, and to have the opportunity to talk about what I think is an important driver of the U.S.-Greece relationship: our strong people-to-people ties, and the vital role that the Greek American diaspora plays in advancing our shared goals”.
Finally the US Ambassador told that “the Greek diaspora plays an important role, putting our democratic principles into practice and forming a bridge between the peoples of our two countries. I often say, you are one of the “secret ingredients” of our bilateral relationship. We’ve been celebrating Greece’s bicentennial throughout the past year, working to strengthen our ties through programming that supports Greek civil society, cultural, and educational institutions. The Greek diaspora has built on a long tradition of AHEPA leadership on issues around the revolution and engaged extensively this year to get the word out about the role of American Philhellenes in Greece’s fight for independence and to convey the United States’ 200 years of support and for and friendship with Greece. Members of the diaspora have helped us not only celebrate our countries’ historic relationship, but through your commitment and advocacy, you demonstrate America’s respect for the ancient Athenian ideals that inspired our founders and continue to inspire us today. Greece and the United States are united by principles that connect and empower our peoples. And I want to thank you all for your efforts over the years to support Greeks and the mission of the U.S. Embassy to strengthen those vital bonds and bring us closer together. And I urge you to think and work even more assiduously in the months and years ahead – we’re not done yet!”.