Visiting US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Nita Lowey met separately on Wednesday in Athens with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias.
At the meeting with the premier at Maximos Mansion, US ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Diaspora Antonis Diamataris were present.
According to a statement by the government, during the meeting discussion focused on the prospect of enhancing US-Greece’s collaboration in defence, economy and politics. The same sources said that Mitsotakis and Lowey referred to the extension of the defence agreement between the two countries, along with Mitsotakis’ upcoming visit to the US as well as US State Secretary Mike Pompeo’s visit to Greece.
Mitsotakis said that he is looking forward to the close cooperation among Greece, the US government and the US Congress on the promotion of matters of mutual interest. He said that Greece as a NATO and EU member has a stable political system and an open economy and constitutes a reliable US ally in the region.
On her part, Lowey conveyed US Congress’ esteem of Greece as pillar of stability in the southeastern Mediterranean, and underlined the prospect of further deepening the cooperation between the two countries.
Following her meeting with Dendias, the minister said in a post on Twitter that the visit “confirms once again (…) the joint point of view on issues related to the southeast Mediterranean, progress in the Greece-US Strategic Dialog, and supporting Greece in its role as a pillar of stability in the area.”
US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt was present at this meeting as well.