In a particularly good climate took place the meeting of Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias with his American counterpart Mike Pompeo in Washington, on the sidelines of the 2nd Ministerial Conference on Religious Freedom.
After the meeting, which lasted about 35 minutes, the Greek Minister said:
“I am glad that one of my first meetings as Foreign Minister was with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. We all know that the close relationship between Greece and the United States has a long life, but it is particularly important to continue to extend and deepen this relationship. We talked about the strategic dialogue between the two countries and about its deepening. I also invited Mr Pompeo to come to Athens for the second phase of this dialogue. The US side will examine it in a very positive way and it is likely that this will happen in the autumn.
We also had the opportunity to exchange views on various issues, but the issue of Turkish aggression is always of paramount importance. Both with regard to the sovereignty and sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus and with regard to Greek sovereign rights in the wider region of the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean. We also discussed the positive perspectives on energy and cooperation issues with Cyprus and Israel in the context of this tripartite relationship, as well as cooperation issues with Egypt. Finally, I asked the United States to take a clear position, a clear support for Greece on the issues of Turkish aggression”.
With a post on twitter, the US Foreign Minister noted: “I had a good conversation with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias. Greece is a pillar of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans and a major ally in NATO. We look forward to our close partnership to promote stability and prosperity in the region”./ibna