Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, who accompanied Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on his trip to the United States, met with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and the US President’s special envoy for the climate, John Kerry, in Washington on Tuesday.
During the meeting with Blinken, according to diplomatic sources, the US officials noted the exceptional, unique level of US-Greek bilateral relations, which are based on strategic cooperation.
In this context, special mention was made of the amendment of the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement, which was ratified by the Greek Parliament last week and creates even greater possibilities for cooperation, especially in the current critical conjuncture following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The discussion extended to cooperation within multilateral schemes, following the recent meeting of foreign ministers in the “3 + 1” scheme that includes the US. Particular emphasis was placed on energy, where Greece is now assuming a key role in the transportation of natural gas to the rest of Europe, the same sources stressed.
The situation in Ukraine was examined in depth, with the US side expressing its appreciation for the principled position adopted by Greece, which fully supports all measures and strengthens the unity and cohesion of NATO.
The foreign minister fully briefed his US counterpart on the escalation of Turkish rule-breaking behavior, emphasising Greece’s firm position in support of bilateral relations based on the principles of International Law, and in particular the Law of the Sea, principles which are fully embraced by the US side.
Dendias also referred in detail to the need to resolve the Cyprus issue based on the relevant resolutions of the UN Security Council. The particularly worrying developments in Libya were also discussed.