Greek Foreign Minister in Washington for the signing of the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement with the USA

Greek Foreign Minister in Washington for the signing of the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement with the USA

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias will travel to Washington on 13-14 October to participate in the third round of the Greece-US Strategic Dialogue, where he is expected to sign, together with his US counterpart Antony Blinken, the Second Amendment Protocol to the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement.

On Wednesday 13 October, the Greek Foreign Minister will meet with Congressman John Sarbanes, as well as with Senator Chris Van Hollen.

In addition, he will have a meeting with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid, who will also be in Washington.

Finally, on Wednesday, Nikos Dendias will attend a reception with representatives of the Greek Diaspora.

On Thursday 14 October, the Greek Foreign Minister will go to the State Department, where he will have a private meeting with his American counterpart Antony Blinken, followed by extended talks.

The two Ministers will launch, with their introductory remarks, the third round of the Strategic Dialogue, which started in December 2018.

This will be followed by statements which are expected to start at approximately 16:45 GMT and will be broadcast live on the State Department website.

This will be followed immediately by the signing of the Second Protocol to Amend the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement, for the first time for a five-year period.

The Secretary of State is then expected to meet with his Emirati counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who will also be in Washington, D.C.

Finally, he will participate in an event hosted by the Center for European Policy Analysis on Greece’s role in the Eastern Mediterranean./ibna