U.S. – Greece Strategic Dialogue 2019

Joint Statement Regarding the Second United States-Greece Strategic Dialogue 2019 Media Note Office of the Spokesperson October 7, 2019 The Governments of the United States and Greece held the second United States-Greece Strategic Dialogue in Athens, Greece, on October 7, 2019.  Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias and U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo launched the Strategic ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at WINDMission Greece Conference 2019

Deree – The American College of Greece, Athens Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 10:30 a.m. Thank you very much!  Kαλημέρα. Thank you to The Voice of Renewables and the Hellenic Wind Energy Association for inviting me to speak this morning.  And a special thank you to Claudia and The American College of Greece for hosting this ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Theon Sensors Signing Ceremony

Grande Bretagne Hotel, Athens Thursday, October 10, 2019, 1:30 p.m. Καλημέρα σας.  Minister Georgiadis, Christian, Mr. Hadjiminas, Colonel Styner, thank you for inviting me to join you today to celebrate the successful partnership between Theon Sensors and Elbit Systems of America. This five-year contract is the first big win for Theon Sensors in the United ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt at Ridge Global Cyber Security Presentation

Press Center Conf Room, Ministry of Digital Governance Thursday, October 10, 2019, 10:30 a.m. Καλημέρα σας.  Minister Pierrakakis, colleagues, I want to start by offering a tremendous thank you to the Ministry of Digital Governance for hosting this event and for the Ministry’s support in prioritizing cybersecurity along with all of the other issues that ... Read More»

The United States and Greece: Showing the Way Forward

Speech by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Athens, Greece October 5, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO: So I have some Greek words sprinkled throughout, and I’m terrified. (Laughter.) But I’m going to give it a shot. Kalispera. AUDIENCE: Kalispera. (Laughter.) SECRETARY POMPEO: All right, one for one. Well, good afternoon, and welcome. And thanks ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Dendias

Secretary Pompeo: "This agreement has three facets, three aspects to us. First, there is a national aspect of this agreement. To Greece, this is an absolutely beneficial agreement. It is a good agreement because it enhances the American imprint in Greece, and this is a positive imprint." Read More»

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, October 23 and 24, 2019

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, October 23 and 24, 2019 American citizens of Northern Greece can meet with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24, as they provide Consular and Federal Benefits Services. Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece

Location: Throughout Greece Event: Public sector transportation employees plan to strike beginning at 5:00 a.m. on October 2, 2019.  Lines 2 and 3 of the Athens metro, railways, and trains will strike 24 hours; buses and trolleys will not operate 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. – midnight in Athens and reduced schedules in ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt in Conversation with Journalist A. Mangiriadis at EENE 6th Annual Economic Forum

Grand Hyatt Hotel, Athens Monday, September 30, 2019, 1:30 p.m. Apostolos Mangiriadis: Mr. Ambassador, welcome. Let’s have a short discussion here at the panel. Now this encounter and this conversation has a great timing because at the end of the week, we’re expecting the head of the American Diplomacy here into Athens. Mr. Mike Pompeo ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (September 23, 2019) Location: Throughout Greece Event: Public service employees, municipal employees, mass media employees, public school teachers, public transportation, ferries and air traffic controllers plan to hold a 24 hour strike, beginning at 06:00 on Tuesday morning, on September 24, 2019. Public hospitals and ambulance service will operate ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (September 23, 2019) Location: Throughout Greece Event: Public service employees, municipal employees, mass media employees, public school teachers, public transportation, ferries and air traffic controllers plan to hold a 24 hour strike, beginning at 06:00 on Tuesday morning, on September 24, 2019. Public hospitals and ambulance service will operate ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s remarks at Navarino Challenge Press Event

I want to underline that we are hoping to see much more U.S. investment and involvement in the Greek tourism sector. We have great expectations for the Hellenikon project here in Athens, the investment that Minister Georgiadis announced on Friday of more than $300 million by the American investment group Blackstone in Greek hotel products. ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Global Agripreneurs Summit

Thessaloniki International Fair Septmember 7, 2019 Ambassador Pyatt:  Καλημέρα! Let me start by thanking Minister Voridis for being with us here today, for being such a good friend and such a great champion of the agricultural relationship between the United States and Greece. As I walked through the pavilion this morning with the Minister, I ... Read More»

Fact Sheet and Invitation to Cover Ambassador Pyatt’s Visit to the Port of Alexandroupolis

Invitation On Friday, 13 September 2019, US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey R. Pyatt will travel to Alexandroupolis. While there, he will join Greek Minister of National Defense Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos at the port to observe and receive a briefing on progress in removing the sunken dredger Olga from the Alexandroupolis port. During the visit, they will ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Karpathos on September 25 & 26, 2019

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Karpathos on September 25 and 26, 2019       Residents of the Dodecanese are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy Athens on Wednesday, September 25, and Thursday, September 26, as they provide Consular and Federal Benefits services.  Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

Location:  Expected gathering points include The Arch of Galerius (Kamara), Aristotle Square, Venizelos statue, the University campus, the White Tower, and the Thessaloniki International Fair grounds (International Exhibition and Congress Center). Event:  Large demonstrations potentially reaching in the tens of thousands of participants are expected in Thessaloniki during the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) September 7-15 related to ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview With Kathimerini’s Vassilis Nedos

19 July 2019 Kathimerini: And you know, there’s a new government in Athens. And how do you think that the U.S-Greek relations are going to evolve from now on? It’s a different reality in Greece. Does this lead to any change in the path that the Greek-U.S. relations have taken? Ambassador Pyatt: So the good news ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt’s Remarks at 2019 Fourth of July Celebration

Ambassador’s Residence, Athens July 3, 2019 Καλησπέρα σας.  Mary and I are delighted to welcome everyone to the residence this evening as we celebrate the 243rd  anniversary of American independence.   I want to start this evening with a special welcome to the many American State Representatives, Assembly Speakers, and Senators who are joining us this evening. I can ... Read More»

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Ferry Strike in Greece

Strike Alert:  One-day strike of the Greek Seamen Union (July 3, 2019) Locations:  Athens and locations throughout Greece with ferry service Events:  All ferries in Greece scheduled for Wednesday July 3 have been cancelled due to a strike by the Seamen Union.  According to information available to the U.S. Embassy in Athens, this strike will run twenty-four hours. Actions ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatts Remarks: Signing of Lease Agreement for “West Crete” Offshore Block

Athinais Cultural Center June 27, 2019, 12:00 p.m. Καλημέρα σας.  Mr. Prime Minister, Minister Stathakis, my colleague Ambassador Chantepy, friends from the administration in Crete from the beautiful city of Chania, it is a great honor and a pleasure to join you today as we celebrate the signing of the lease agreement. We’ve been talking ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AmCham HealthWorld Conference 2019

The pharmaceutical industry remains a pillar for investment in Greece through expenditure on research and development for new therapies.  As of 2017, a total of 2,265 clinical trials brought up to 80 million euros in foreign investment to Greece.  American pharmaceutical companies have told me that the potential market could be much larger if the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt: Greece as a Geostrategic Ally

Atlantic Council Panel June 11, 2019 Moderator:  At his testimony in Congress last July, Assistant Secretary Wess Mitchell mentioned that the U.S. is cultivating Greece as an anchor of stability in the Mediterranean and the Western Balkans.  Please help us understand, how does Greece fit in the wider framework of the U.S. National Security Strategy, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement to Press after the meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch

May 24, 2019 Καλημέρα. So let me say, first of all, it’s always a great honor for me to see Ηis All Holiness. This was an especially important conversation between us because we were able to discuss the plans for welcoming Ηis All Holiness in Washington DC this autumn. This will be the first visit ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Delivery Ceremony for the Greek Navy’s P3-B Aircraft

Hellenic Aerospace Industries May 20, 2019 Καλημέρα σας. Minister Apostolakis, Alternate Minister Rigas, General Christodoulou, Vice Admiral Tsounis, friends. It is a great pleasure and an honor for me to be here today to celebrate the rebirth of the Hellenic Navy’s Maritime Patrol capability.  I spoke at EXPOSEC last week and at the Hellenic Air ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Pyatt’s comments to media at Air Power Conference after remarks

Ambassador: It’s a great honor to be back at the Air Power Conference. It’s very impressive to see how this venue has evolved. It’s also a perfectly timed opportunity to take stock of the U.S.-Greece defense cooperation relationship. I’m very grateful that we have here today General Harigian, the new commander of US Air Forces ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Chios on May 22, 2019

Northern Aegean residents are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy Athens on Wednesday, May 22 as they provide Consular, Federal Benefits and Immigration services.  Consular Services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application services, documenting children’s births in Greece to U.S. citizen parent(s), and providing limited notarial services. ... Read More»

#FarmingtheFuture Events in Athens and Thessaloniki on the “Road to Global Entrepreneurship Summit”

Athens, May 9, 2019 – The U.S. Embassy in collaboration with the Netherlands Embassy is organizing a series of programs focused on startup entrepreneurship in the agri-tech and food sector, in Athens and Thessaloniki, May 13-15.  Under the title #FarmingtheFuture, the programs are official ‘Road to GES” events celebrating the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which will ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the 7th Annual Exposec-Defenseworld Conference

Hellenic Armed Forces Officers Club (LAED) May 7, 2019, 10:15 a.m. Καλημέρα σας. Minister, Admirals, Generals, Mr. Kikilias, I want to start first of all by thanking Symeon for that very generous introduction but also Simos for the invitation to speak today. Aside from being true friends, both of your organizations have been vital in ... Read More»

Junior Achievement Awards Ceremony

Megaron, Skalkotas Hall May 6, 2019 Junior Achievement Awards Ceremony Megaron, Skalkotas Hall May 6, 2019 Καλησπέρα σας.  Κύριε Πρόεδρε, Your Excellency Mr. President, Mrs. Kerameos, Deputy Minister Tzoufi, honored guests, students and teachers, it’s a great pleasure for me to be here to celebrate the successful completion of another Junior Achievement Greece Student Company ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Inauguration of American Airlines Direct Flight from Chicago-Athens

Athens Airport, Departures Level, Gate A1 May 4, 2019 Καλημέρα σας. It’s a great honor for me to join Minister Kountoura here as we celebrate the very first non-stop flight between Chicago and Athens. And while we’re at it, I want to join the Minister in also congratulating Giannis and the whole airport team on ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Location:  Expected gathering point is Eleftherias Park adjacent to the Megaro Mousikis with a march to the U.S. Embassy. Event:  A demonstration with hundreds of participants or more is expected to take place beginning at 6:00 p.m. today, Saturday, May 4, 2019.  Anarchist groups intend to protest U.S. policy on Venezuela. U.S. government personnel have been advised ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (May 1, 2019) Location:  Expected gathering points in Athens are at or near Syntagma Square with a possible march to or by the U.S. Embassy. Event:  Multiple demonstrations with up to 1,000 or more participants are expected to take place beginning at 12:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, to ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the “Hellas to the Moon” Forum

Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications, and Media April 19, 2019 Καλημέρα σας.  It is very exciting for me to join Minister Pappas and Minister Apostolakis at this forum to hear proposals for Greece’s first mission to the moon, which will be carried out in parallel with NASA’s mission to land human beings on the unexplored ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Hellenic National Defense College

Hellenic National Defense College in Athens April 16, 2019 Thank you very much, first of all, Lieutenant General Dimitriou, Rear Admiral Limberis, and Brigadier General Kostis for the welcome..  It’s really a great honor for me to be back at the War College, at this particularly distinguished forum. I always get tired when I listen to that ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Prix Galien Greece Awards Ceremony

Καλησπέρα σας! Thank you Jenny, for inviting me to present this award with Mrs. Vardinoyiannis. It’s a great honor to attend another Prix Galien, an event which celebrates both millennia of Greek contributions as well as these modern pioneers of the pharmaceutical industry, who represent the tremendous strength of Greece’s human capital. In this regard, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Athens Science Festival

Καλησπέρα, Theo, thank you. It’s really great to be here. This is my third year at the Athens Science Festival. It’s always incredibly exciting to see the exhibits, to see all the interaction but especially the energy of the Greek young people.  So, congratulations on that. I’m especially proud that the American Embassy is again ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Athens Greece (April 5, 2019) Locations: Central Athens — The U.S. Embassy Downtown Thessaloniki– Kamara Lamia—Elefterias Square Larisa—Tahidromiou Square Xanthi—Elefterias Square Komotini — Erinis SquareEvents: Athens:  Leftist and anarchist groups plan to demonstrate at the U.S. Embassy on Saturday April 6 beginning at 1:00 pm.  The demonstrators are protesting Greek membership in NATO. ... Read More»

Memorandum of Cooperation on Implementing Greece’s Passenger Name Record Law

On April 4, 2019, U.S. Ambassador Pyatt signed a memorandum of cooperation between the United States and Greece on implementing Greece’s Passenger Name Record (PNR) law, building on understandings reached as part of law enforcement and counterterrorism discussions during the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue in December 2018. The use of PNR in traveler screening is an ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Video Remarks Acceptance Remarks for AHC’s Athena Award

Καλησπέρα σας! Thank you Mike for your kind introduction and for all the work you do to deepen the connections between the United States and Greece and to bring our people closer together. As U.S. Ambassador to Greece, I am privileged to have allies like Mike and other leaders of the diaspora community, and am ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce 70th Annual Gala Dinner

(Video Remarks) New York City March 29, 2019 Good evening. Though I’m unable to join you all in person this evening, I’m delighted to be able to support this important event.  Now seventy years strong, the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce’s gala highlights the enduring relationship between Greece and the United States, and the critical role ... Read More»

Proclamation on Greek Independence Day, 2019

March 18, 2019 On the 198th anniversary of Greek Independence Day, we celebrate the rich history and enduring bond between the United States and Greece.  Our strong alliance and unwavering friendship are rooted in mutual respect and a shared commitment to freedom, justice, and democracy. The common bond between the United States and Greece is rooted ... Read More»

American Art Residency in Athens Concludes at Acropolis Museum

Athens, March 26, 2019 – The U.S. Embassy in Athens is supporting a public program organized by the ARCAthens (Artist Residency Center Athens), a new non-profit organization based in New York and Athens, and entitled “Contemporary Agora: Athens as Cultural Microcosm.” The program will take place at the Acropolis Museum on Thursday, 28 March 2019 ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Iraklio, Crete on April 3 and 4, 2019

  Residents of Crete are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy Athens on Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4, 2019, as they provide Consular, Federal Benefits and Immigration services at the Municipal building on 2 Androgeo Str., Iraklio.  Services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application services, ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at Greek Independence Day Celebration

March 18, 2019 East Room 5:50 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Wow. That’s a nice crowd of people. So we were just given this great hat. You know what that says? Huh? “Make Greece Great Again.” Right? (Applause.) Right? Okay. Thank you all very much. A great honor to be here. And so many of my ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at 20th Anniversary of NATO Membership of Poland, Czech Republic, and Hungary

NMIOTC Souda Bay on March 14, 2019 Kalimera. And thanks to Commodore Kostalas for hosting us here at NMIOTC. It’s a great honor to have General Christodoulou here with us today. As well as all my distinguished co-panelists and particularly the Ambassadors of Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic. Thank you for organizing this event, which ... Read More»

American Film Showcase

A Τribute to American Documentaries Free Screenings & Workshops Thessaloniki: March 2-5 Athens: March 6-21 Athens – After a very successful run in Thessaloniki, the American Film Showcase is coming to Athens, March 6-21, with a series of free screenings and workshops, organized by the U.S. Embassy in Greece and the Exile Room. The American ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview to Antenna TV: #DisinfoWeek

Atlantic Council #Disinfo Week Event American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Cotsen Hall March 4, 2019 Ambassador Pyatt, are you worried we might have a disinformation campaign in Greece as the Euroelections, local elections, and political elections come close? As I said, all of our open societies are vulnerable to these new tools. We learned ... Read More»

Welcome Remarks by DCM Kate Byrnes at “Women in Public Sphere” Event

Organized by Women Act and Municipality of Istiaia Saturday, February 23, 2:30 – 8:30 PM Thermae Sylla Hotel Aidipsos Thank you Mayor Efstathiou-Spanou for the invitation. Thank you all for the warm welcome. It is inspiring to see so many successful women around the room, with different experience and expertise, committed to the goal of ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Atlantic Council #Disinfo Week Event

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Atlantic Council #Disinfo Week Event American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Cotsen Hall March 4, 2019 Thank you. Kalispera!  I am delighted to welcome you all here tonight as we kick off a series of #DisinfoWeek conferences that the Atlantic Council is organizing across Europe. But before I get to my remarks, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks Opening the Prometheus Lecture

Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation March 4, 2019, 15:00 Good afternoon.  It’s wonderful to be back in this beautiful Laskaridis Foundation Library.  I want to start by thanking Rector Kotios and University of Piraeus Dean Sfakianakis for inviting me back to participate in this annual Prometheus Energy Lecture.  Special thanks also to Professor Aristotle Tziampiris for his ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Thessaloniki, March 20 and 21, 2019

  Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, March 20 and 21, 2019       American citizens of Northern Greece can meet with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 21 as they provide Consular, Immigration and Federal Benefits Services. Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons ineligible for mail-in ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Reception for Season 2 of “My Greek Table”

This is a very fun evening and combines two of my favorite things about Greece: one is the food and all of the amazing tastes of this country; and the other is the history and the antiquity. We are very excited that tonight we get to have for the second time, a special sneak preview ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece (February 14, 2019) Location:  Expected gathering points are the Venizelos statue (78 Egnatia Street) and the Arch of Galerius – Kamara with a possible march to the U.S. Consulate General continuing to the Port of Thessaloniki. Event:  Demonstrations with up to 1,500 or more participants are expected to ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at East Mediterranean Business & Cultural Alliance February 8, 2019

Liberty Hellas Ship February 8, 2019 First of all, thank you for having me here tonight – Lou, Konstantine – all the founders of the East Mediterranean Business Cultural Alliance. I’m especially pleased and honored to be on a panel that includes so many friends and especially Admiral Pavlopoulos, who has done so much over ... Read More»

Call for Applications for the FLEX Program

The U.S. Embassy in Athens is excited to announce the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program! This program offers a scholarship opportunity for selected Greek students to travel to the United States for one year and stay with a host family, while attending an American high school. For the school year 2019 – 2020, ten (10) ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s conversation w/Tom Ellis at Athens Energy Forum

The United States believes that geopolitical competition has returned to the Eastern Med, and in that context, we are looking for friends and partners. This trilateral is a very important manifestation of that, and we see the East Med pipeline as a strategically significant project. Read More»

Propeller Club Pita Cutting

The Propeller Club was a big part of the U.S.-Greece relationship last year, including what was clearly the highlight for all of us, which was the Thessaloniki International Fair in September. It was a great source of satisfaction that, during the Thessaloniki International Fair, we saw the inauguration of the Thessaloniki branch of the Propeller ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece (January 24, 2019) Location:  Expected gathering points in Athens are the U.S. Embassy, Eleftherias Park and Syntagma Square; in Thessaloniki, the White Tower, the Venizelos statue (78 Egnatia Street), and the Arch of Galerius – Kamara with a march to the U.S. Consulate General. Event:  ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (January 18, 2019) Location:  Expected gathering points in Athens are Syntagma Square and Athens University in Propylea, with staging points at the Katehaki metro and the Temple of Zeus. Event:  Large demonstrations with 150,000 or more participants are expected to take place beginning at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, ... Read More»

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Location:  Greece, countrywide Event:  During the holiday season, there are ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by extremist ideology throughout Europe, including, but not specific to, Greece.  Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations such as, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by Westerners. ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate Thessaloniki, Greece

Locations:   Central Athens. In the areas of Athens University, Syntagma Square and the Exarchia areas.   Downtown Thessaloniki—originating in the area of Kamara/Arch of Galerius Events:  Athens:  A series of demonstrations from student and leftist groups are planned today at 12:00, 18:00, 21:00 for the 10th anniversary of the death of Alexis Grigoropoulos. These demonstrations have turned violent in the past.  Expect possible ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Interview to “Kathimerini” at Thessaloniki Summit

There’s a very strong focus also on the regional element of our involvement with Greece.  We see Greece not just as a market of 11 million people, but as a gateway to the Western Balkans, a key partner with Israel, with Egypt, with Cyprus, this whole Eastern Mediterranean region which is so important to the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for AMCHAM/Propeller Club Thanksgiving Reception

November 21, 2018       Καλησπέρα! Simos, George, it’s a great honor for me and Mary to enjoy Thanksgiving with you tonight. It’s one of our favorite holidays, and it represents some of the best American values. There is a lot for us to be grateful for this year as American diplomats in Greece. And it’s a ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert-U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate Thessaloniki

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki, Greece (November 16, 2018) Location:  Expected gathering points are the Athens Polytechnic University, continuing to  Syntagma Square and the U.S. Embassy and concluding in Exarchia; in Thessalonki, the Venizelos statue (78 Egnatia Street) with a march to the Consulate General. Event:  Large demonstrations with 10,000 ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: Signing Ceremony of Agreement between Ministry of Defense and U.S. Company ENVIPCO for Recycling Machines

Signing Ceremony of Agreement between Ministry of Defense and U.S. Company ENVIPCO for Recycling Machines Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey R. Pyatt Ministry of Defense, Athens November 5, 2018 Thank you Minister Kammenos. It is a great honor for me to be here at the Ministry of Defense and to join you today ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: Ceremony Marking Delivery of U.S. Equipment and Training to Hellenic Coast Guard

Ceremony Marking Delivery of U.S. Equipment and Training to Hellenic Coast Guard Remarks and Statement to Media Present by U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey R. Pyatt MYA Compound, Hellenikon, Athens November 3, 2018 Καλησπέρα, Κύριε Υπουργέ, Minister Kouvelis, Admiral Apostolakis, General Stefanis, General Floros – somewhere over there – General Christodoulou, Admiral Tsounis, Vice-Admiral Raptis, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: Annual Propeller Club Amver Awards

Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey R. Pyatt Intercontinental Hotel, Athens October 22, 2018 Καλησπέρα, Minister Santorinios, friends, colleagues, thank you for inviting me again to address this year’s Amver awards. After three times, I think I know what we’re in for. And while this is definitely one of the year’s best parties, it’s ... Read More»

OUTLAW REGIME: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities

On May 8, 2018, President Donald J. Trump announced his decision to cease U.S. participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly referred to as the Iran deal. The Iran deal was proving to be a failed strategic bet that fell short of protecting the American people or our allies from the potential ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: NATO Marine Interdiction Operations Training Center (NMIOTC) 10th Anniversary Reception

NATO Marine Interdiction Operations Training Center (NMIOTC) 10th Anniversary Reception Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey R. Pyatt Souda Bay October 19, 2018 Καλημέρα, Commodore Kostalas, Minister Kammenos, Admiral Apostolakis, Vice Admiral Tsounis, Lt. Gen Christodoulou, Mayor Vamvoukas, Vice Regional Governor Voulgarakis, U.S., Greek, Allied sailors. It is a truly great honor for me ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Rhodes, October 16 and 17, 2018

American citizens of the Dodecanese can meet with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Tuesday, October 16 and Wednesday, October 17, as they provide Consular and Federal Benefits Services in Rhodes. Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons ineligible for mail-in application services and registering birth abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) and are ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Thessaloniki, October 4 and 5, 2018

American citizens of Northern Greece can meet with representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5, as they provide Consular and Federal Benefits Services. Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons ineligible for mail-in application services and registering birth abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) and are available by ... Read More»

Remarks by Assistant Secretary Royce: Digital Communication Network, USATIF 2018

Assistant Secretary Marie Royce Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs September 14, 2018 Secretary Royce: Good afternoon. It’s a great pleasure to be here for the closing of the Digital Influencer’s Hub forum and to join such an amazing group of young innovation leaders. I’m very excited that this conference has taken place as part ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Digital Influencers Hub, DCN, TIF 2018

September 13, 2018 Ambassador Pyatt:  Good afternoon, everybody.  First of all, let me say how thrilled I am that you’re doing this event, that I’m able to join a little bit of the conversation. We have got a lot going on in Thessaloniki this week.  I was just with Governor Tzitzikostas who made the judgment ... Read More»

Remarks by Thessaloniki Consul General Pfleger at Digital Influencers Hub, USATIF 2018

September 13, 2018 Wow.  I had no idea what to expect this morning.  I didn’t expect that.  Especially dancing in my name in the morning.  [Laughter].  Well done. Good morning, everybody.  I was going to say something in Greek but then I realized it’s a very international audience and I should just stick to English ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Diaspora Conference, TIF 2018

In terms of where we are now, I think one of the big messages of all the conversations that have happened this week in Thessaloniki is the importance of capturing this moment.  The U.S. interest in supporting Greece’s emergence from economic crisis, finding ways to grow trade and economic ties.  You as members of the ... Read More»

Assistant Secretary Marie Royce Travels to the United Kingdom, Greece, and Finland

September 10, 2018 Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce will travel to the United Kingdom, Greece, and Finland, September 10–19, to promote and strengthen the State Department’s cultural and educational diplomacy efforts in Europe. While in the United Kingdom, Assistant Secretary Royce will provide remarks at the House of Commons ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Event on Mineral Economy, TIF 2018

Ambassador Pyatt: "The mining sector, of course, is a particularly dynamic one in Greece. It’s one with literally thousands of years of history going back to Plato, and if developed properly, using best practices and good cooperation between government and industry, it can be a major positive element for the Greek economy, and especially for ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Digital Greece Pavilion, TIF 2018

September 9, 2018 First of all let me start by offering a huge congratulations to my friends George, Lefteris, Minister Pappas. It seems incredibly exciting to see the energy here, the innovation. I’ve gone around Greece over two years visiting startups, visiting incubators in Athens, in Thessaloniki, in Patras, in Giannena and one thing that ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Voice of America Interview

Ambassador Pyatt: One of the interesting things is because of the decade-long economic crisis, there has been a long period of under-investment. I think one of the big messages behind the Thessaloniki International Fair and the strong U.S. business presence here is that American companies are taking another look. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the U.S. Embassy Renovation Groundbreaking

September 5, 2018 2:00 p.m. Ambassador Pyatt:  Thank you, Bill.  Good afternoon everybody.  Mayor Kaminis, Father Thomas who has been such a good friend to this embassy, Ambassador Fotiadou, the head of the Foreign Ministry’s A7, Americas Division, all of our distinguished guests.  It is a great pleasure for us to have you all here ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki (September 5, 2018) Location:  Expected gathering points include The Arch of Galerius (Kamara), Aristotle Square, Venizelos statue, the University campus, the White Tower, and the Thessaloniki International Fair grounds (International Exhibition and Congress Center). Event:  Large demonstrations with numbers in the tens of thousands are expected in Thessaloniki during ... Read More»

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Health Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (August 23, 2018) Location:  Athens area and throughout Greece Event:  Local media reported 77 cases of West Nile Virus throughout Greece this year as of August 16, 2018, with five deaths total (those deaths being in patients over the age of 70).  For further information or questions, ... Read More»

Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Athens

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece (July 24, 2018) Location:  Coastal regions and areas northeast of Athens. Event: Local and international media are reporting multiple major forest fires on either side of the Greek capital.  The first fire broke out in a pine forest near the seaside settlement of Kineta 50 kilometers (30 miles) west ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Interview With Tony Perkins of FRC Radio

July 19, 2018 QUESTION: Welcome back to Washington Watch. I’m your host, Tony Perkins. So glad to have you with us. Wednesday, we had one of my fellow commissioners from the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Kristina, join us from Turkey with the news that American pastor Andrew Brunson was not going to be ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Discussion with the Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association (EENE)

July 10, 2018 Moderator: Ambassador Pyatt, thank you welcome. Of course everyone knows Ambassador Pyatt, he has been here for the last couple of years in Athens, and previously he was Ambassador in Ukraine. You can take a look at his brief resume in the leaflets we handed out, I suppose. Ambassador Pyatt has been ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for the Atlantic Council Millennium Fellowship

Coffee Reception with Embassy Guests Chief of Mission Residence June 9, 2018 – 5:00 to 6:00 PM Good afternoon. I just wanted to take half a second and welcome everybody to the house this afternoon, and explain what we’re doing here. First of all, let me say what a personal pleasure it is to welcome ... Read More»

We will support Greece in the new phase after the end of the program

"We are committed to supporting the Greek government, Greece and the Greek people as they enter this new phase," said US Ambassador to Greece, Jeffrey Pyatt, speaking to ANA-MPA about the day after the completion of the third program, in the sidelines yesterday's reception at a hotel in Thessaloniki to commemorate the anniversary of American ... Read More»

George C. Marshall Center Alumni Reception

The Marshall Center excels at building these relationships while forging the cooperation required to solve the many challenges shared across borders. The distinguished graduates present here today are excellent examples of Greek leadership and influence in your strategic location. The lessons learned and ideas you shared at the Marshall Center foster an even greater level ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Fulbright 70th Anniversary

Awards Ceremony At the American School of Classical Studies – Cotsen Hall June 13, 2018 – 7:20 to 9:00 PM Thank you for your warm introduction Artemis. Good evening Minister Gavrolgou, members of the Fulbright Board and staff; Fulbright scholars and students, distinguished guests, it is my pleasure to be with you agian tonight to ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Healthworld Forum 2018

U.S. companies have a great deal of experience in other countries and in a variety of healthcare markets. They could be good partners, providing advice before decisions are made that might have any negative impact on the market. They could offer help in the effort to encourage increased investments in Greece’s healthcare sector and ensure ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for the Makriyiannis Wing Inauguration

With the continued investment of the American School of Classical Studies in the cultural and academic life of Greece, I am confident that the school will remain a living monument to the long-standing cultural and educational ties that bind our two countries. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Junior Achievement Awards Ceremony

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Junior Achievement Awards Ceremony Foundation of Hellenic World June 1, 2018 Good evening, everyone. Your Excellency President Pavlopoulos, Mr. Mitsotakis, Deputy Minister Vaxevanakis, honored guests, students and teachers, it’s a great pleasure to be here to celebrate the successful completion of this year’s Student Company Program. I want to express a ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Propeller Club

Union of Greek Shippers Award Ceremony 7:30 p.m, May 29, 2018 Good evening, everybody. I am not going to do acknowledgements because I will overlook somebody, but I do want to acknowledge the Propeller Club for all the work that you do to capture how important the relationship between our shipping and maritime communities is ... Read More»

USA in the Thessaloniki International Fair 2018

In September 2018, the United States are returning in the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) as the honored country. The most dynamic exhibition in SE Europe will bring together professionals and buyers from across Greece and the broader region, representing a market of 100.000.000 consumers. See you all in  #USATIF2018 Visit :  https://www.facebook.com/USATIF2018/ and at  http://www.usatif2018.gr/ Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki (May 17, 2018) Location:     Announced gathering point is Venizelos statue (78, Egnatia St.) followed by a march to the U.S. Consulate General Event:           A demonstration protesting the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel is expected to take place May 17, starting at 7:00 p.m. Actions to Take:  Keep ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki (May 15, 2018) Location:      Athens – Announced gathering point is Megaro Mousikis metro station followed by a march to U.S. and Israeli Embassies Thessaloniki –  Announced gathering point is Arch of Galerius – Kamara (142, Egnatia St.) followed by a march to the U.S. ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at HAEE Conference

Hellenic Association of Energy Economic (HAEE) Conference 12:00 p.m. Wyndham Grand Athens Hotel May 3, 2018 Thank you, Kostas, I’ll speak from the podium.  I get in less trouble that way. Let me first say what a pleasure it is to have the opportunity to speak with some of my Ambassadorial colleagues who have been ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki (April 30, 2018)

  Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki (April 30, 2018) Locations: Athens – Announced gathering points are Syntagma Square followed by a march to U.S. Embassy Athens, Omonia Square, Klafthmonos Square, Archeological Museum, Areos Park, and Karaiskakis Square in Piraeus. Thessaloniki – Announced gathering points are Agias Sofias Square, Arch of ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for American Universities Alumni Association, April 27, 2018

Καλησπέρα σας!  Nikos, thank you so much for having me here.  I’ve been looking forward to meeting with your association.  Each time I visit Thessaloniki, I’m reminded of the significant role played by the American affiliated institutions in northern Greece – these institutions are the foundation of our bilateral relationship here – the Alumni Association, ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks for the 70th Anniversary of Fulbright Greece

Presidential Palace April 23, 2018 Kalimera, good morning, I’d like to begin, Mr. President, by saying thank you for those remarkable, wise and gracious remarks about the history of our Fulbright partnership and our relationship. I am deeply grateful. Thank you also for having us out here today to mark this historic occasion. It’s truly ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Athens (April 17, 2018) Locations: Announced gathering point is Syntagma Square followed by a march to U.S Embassy Athens Announced gathering points are Arch of Galerius (Kamara) and the Venizelos statue (78 Egnatia St.) followed by separate marches to U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki. Events: Athens – A demonstration is expected to take ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 16, 2018) Location:  Announced gathering point is Athens University (Propylaia- Panepistimiou Ave.) with a march to U.S. Embassy Athens. Event:  A large demonstration is expected to take place today, April 16, 2018, beginning at 12 noon.  Greek leftist groups intend to protest U.S. coalition action in ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 13, 2018) Locations: Megaro Musikis station and park to the U.S. Embassy Downtown Thessaloniki – Venizelos Statue (78, Egnatia Street) Event: Athens – Greek leftist and anti-war groups plan to protest possible U.S. action in Syria and military presence in the Aegean and Mediterranean starting at ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 3, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 3, 2018) Location:  Announced gathering point is U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece with a march to the Israeli Embassy. Event:  A demonstration is expected to take place on April 3, 2018, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  Greek leftist groups and Palestinians living in Greece intend protest U.S. policy ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt Addresses the Hellenic National Defense College

We see Greece’s position as critical and unique in the world, and particularly along Europe’s Southern Flank. Greece exists at the nexus of three separate strategic problem sets which come together over Greece. On the one hand there is the ongoing Syrian conflict, the threat of Iran and asymmetric threats from the eastern Mediterranean. Read More»

Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 2018

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 23, 2018 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION On this celebration of Greek Independence Day, we reflect on the common bonds of history and heritage that connect the United States and Greece. Our nations share cultural, economic, and ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump at Greek Independence Day Celebration

Issued on: March 22, 2018 East Room 5:57 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Hello, everybody.  What a group.  What a group.  Great to have the Archbishop.  Is that right?  It’s really fantastic. Good afternoon.  I’m thrilled to be here with so many wonderful friends and supporters to celebrate this very special occasion: Greek Independence Day.  Important day, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview on News247

 March 21, 2018  News247:  Mr. Ambassador, thank you very much for this interview. Ambassador Pyatt:  I’m happy to see you. News247:  Thank you. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Wess Mitchell, visited Greece and Cyprus and the broader EU region last week.  Can you characterize the discussions he had and let us know what the main ... Read More»

Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach to Hania, Crete

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Hania, Crete on March 23, 2018       Athens – Residents of Crete are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Friday, March 23, 2018, as they provide Consular, Federal Benefits and Immigration services.  Consular Services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application services, ... Read More»

Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt’s Interview with Alexis Papahelas

Delphi Forum March 2, 2018 Ambassador Pyatt:  Thank you, Alexis.  First of all, let me say what a treat it is to be back here in Delphi.  I especially want to thank Symeon and the team who put this event together.  It’s really impressive to see how this institution is growing. I would just make ... Read More»

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Chios on March 15 and 16, 2018

Athens – Residents of Chios are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16, 2018, as they provide consular, federal benefits and Immigration services in Chios. Consular Services will include accepting passport applications for persons NOT eligible for mail-in application services, documenting children’s births in Greece to ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 27, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 27, 2018) Location:  March from Athens’ Syntagma Square up Vasilissis Sofias Avenue to the U.S. Embassy Athens. Event: PAME (Greek Trade Union Front) and the Communist Party (KKE) have announced plans to protest U.S. government policies starting at 18:30, Tuesday, February 27.  Reports indicate the participants ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 4, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 4, 2018) Location:  Announced gathering point is Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece. Event: Large demonstration (upwards of 500,000 participants according to media reports) expected to take place on February 4 beginning at 2 p.m. The group intends to protest the use of the term ‘Macedonia’ by ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 3, 2018)

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (February 3, 2018) Location: Announced gathering point is Rigillis Square Square in Athens, Greece. Protesters will march to 131 Mesogion Avenue, political party Golden Dawn’s offices. Event: Demonstration by anarchists expected to take place on February 3 beginning at 6 p.m. The group intends to protest Golden ... Read More»

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, February 1 and February 2

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, February 1 and 2, 2018 * U.S. Embassy Athens was unable to send this message until now because of the budget uncertainty and federal government shutdown.  We plan to be in Thessaloniki again in late May (dates TBD).* American citizens of Northern Greece can meet with representatives from the U.S. ... Read More»

Security and Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Health and Safety Announcements

    U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece Security and Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Health and Safety Announcement from Hellenic Food Authority on Possible Tainted Food December 20, 2017   The Hellenic Food Authority (EFET) published an announcement concerning the claims of the Anarchist Group “Blackgreen Arsons” that it has poisoned specific brands and products in random ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Welcome Remarks at the Annual Museum Conference

Benaki Museum November 30, 2017   Dr. Manginis, dear guests, it is a great pleasure to be back at this beautiful Benaki facility and to be here with so many representatives of some of the top museums and cultural institutions here in Greece. This is the seventh annual Museum Conference that we have organized along ... Read More»

State Dept Spokeperson Heather Nauert on the two-day furlough of November 17 terrorist Koufodinas

We would like to condemn the release of the convicted terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas, who was set loose on a two-day furlough from a Greek prison. He’s been convicted of multiple murders, including those of William Nordeen, a defense attache at the U.S. embassy, and also United States Air Force Sergeant Ronald Stewart. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Reception in honor of Trade Winds

So, tonight we are welcoming here to Greece and to the Residence 13 U.S. companies. They’re here to explore new opportunities for business cooperation. I’ve met all of them as they came in, and they represent a variety of industries, including water treatment, industrial equipment, engineering services, mining equipment, oil and gas, marine technology and ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at U.S. Navy 242nd Birthday Ball

The partnership of our two navies is critical in advancing two of my top priorities as the U.S. Ambassador: supporting Greece, our EU and NATO ally, in its economic recovery, and working with Greece to sustain and deepen our defense, security, law enforcement, and counterterrorism cooperation. Read More»

Business Day: Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey R. Pyatt

October 3, 2017 Ambassador Pyatt:  We’re delighted to have you here today.  It’s the first time that the Embassy is doing one of these Business Day events, and it’s a terrific opportunity for us to continue the Embassy’s work on what has been my highest priority as American Ambassador for our bilateral relationship over the ... Read More»

Greece ‘A Pillar of U.S. Strategy in the Region’

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview to Tom Ellis for “Kathimerini” Newspaper September 19, 2017 The United States wants to see northern Greece become a gateway for the transportation of natural gas and commodities to the Western Balkans and Europe, US Ambassador in Athens Geoffrey Pyatt tells Kathimerini. The senior diplomat underlines American investment interest in the region’s ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt Visits City of Livadia

U.S. Ambassador Pyatt recently visited the city of Livadia and had meetings with Mayor Giota Poulou, municipal welfare organization called K.E.DH.L.  Δήμος Λεβαδέων-Μunicipality of Levadia , and local volunteer group Refugee Solidarity Network, in cooperation with  UNHCR GREECE , and was very impressed by the work done to provide temporary accommodation to refugees. Since November 2016, the municipality has hosted 420 ... Read More»

Independence Day Reception in Thessaloniki

Today we celebrate 241 years of American democracy, and there is no place better-suited to mark the occasion than here in Greece. In 1776, a small band of patriots declared that we were a people created equal — free to think, worship, and live as we please; that our destiny would be not determined for ... Read More»

2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Pride Month

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 7, 2017 In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also recognize ... Read More»

EENE Annual Economic Forum 2017

King George Hotel Ballroom, Athens, Greece May 22, 2017 As Delivered   Καλημέρα.  Good morning.  Governor, Mr. Mayor, Minister Tzanakopoulos, it’s my honor to be joining you in speaking this morning.  I want to thank Dr. Apostolopoulos and the Hellenic Entrepreneurs Association for giving me the opportunity to speak here this morning. To be clear, ... Read More»

Op- Ed for Naftemporiki on Chios Visit: Warm Welcome in Chios

by Geoffrey R. Pyatt, United States Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic May 18, 2017 One of the strongest pillars of the bilateral relationship between our two great democracies is the people-to-people ties between individual Americans and Greeks.  This was driven home for me during our visit to the stunningly beautiful and welcoming island of Chios.  ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt Excerpts of Interview with To Vima

U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt Excerpts of Interview with To Vima To correct the record, here are key excerpts of an interview Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt conducted with To Vima reporter Angelos Athanasopoulos on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, published on May 7, 2017.  In this interview, Ambassador Pyatt focuses on the strength of the U.S-Greek relationship, economic ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at a Reception in Honor of the American Farm School and Aliki Perrotis

April 10, 2017, 7:00 pm Ambassador’s Residence As delivered  Let me first of all say what a pleasure it is for Mary and I to welcome all of you here to our home this evening.  This is a very special event for us in view of what you all know is a very strong relationship ... Read More»

NATO Foreign Ministerial Intervention Remarks

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson March 31, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Good morning, Secretary General and my fellow ministers, and thank you for the opportunity to speak. Let me be very clear at the outset of my remarks: the U.S. commitment to NATO is strong and this Alliance remains the bedrock for transatlantic security. This ... Read More»

The “Smart City” of Trikala and the Future of Greece

Op- Ed for Kathimerini on Trikala Visit by Geoffrey R. Pyatt, United States Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic March 24, 2017 A visit this week to Trikala and meetings there with government and business leaders has reinforced my optimism about Greece’s future and this country’s rich endowment of human and natural resources.  Trikala has the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Lions Clubs International Board of Directors Opening Meeting

March 24, 2017, 9:30 am Grande Bretagne Hotel, Athens, Greece As Delivered Καλημέρα.  Good morning, everybody.  It is a great pleasure for me to be with you here today.  Thank you, President Corlew, for inviting me to speak this morning. It’s a special pleasure for me to welcome you to the beautiful city of Athens.  ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at the Department of Energy Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence Program Workshop

Radisson Blu Park Hotel, Athens February 22, 2017, 3:45 p.m. (as delivered) Good afternoon everybody. First of all, let me welcome you all, our international partners from around the world, here to Athens.  I know that many of you have travelled great distances to come here and I’m glad the city is putting on such ... Read More»

Presidents’ Birthday

Athens — The U.S. Embassy in Athens and its Consular Section, the U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki, and all U.S. Government offices in Greece will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017 in observance of Presidents’ Day.  This holiday marks the birthdays of U.S. Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Read More»

Greek-American Medical Association Dinner

Ambassador’s Remarks: “Building and Maintaining Strong Bilateral Ties” Sunday, January 29, 2017, 8.00 p.m., Hilton Hilton Hotel, Athens, Greece Thank you to the Hellenic American Medical Society and Professor Linos for the opportunity to address this distinguished group of guests today.  The bilateral relationship between the United States and Greece has never been stronger.  We witnessed ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at the AMCHAM Greek Economy Conference

Monday, November 28, 2016 2:00 pm InterContinental Hotel, Athens, Greece (As delivered) Καλησπέρα, good afternoon everybody.  Thank you, Simos, for giving me the opportunity to be with you here today.  I heard before how important this annual conference was and I listened as Elias described it as the biggest economic conversation that happens in Athens ... Read More»

President Obama’s Remarks with the Greek President

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Presidential Mansion Athens, Greece 1:37 P.M. EET PRESIDENT PAVLOPOULOS:  (As interpreted.)  Mr. President, I welcome you to Athens, as the President of that great, friendly country, the United States of America, who has won global distinction for defending land, democracy and justice.  These are the characteristics which ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at Thessaloniki Welcome Reception

Thursday, October 27, 2016 7:30 pm Consul General’s Residence Καλησπέρα σας.  Let me begin, first of all, by saying how proud we are of our Consul General here in Northern Greece.  Rebecca, thank you for opening your home to all of us.  I’m the new guy here!  I only presented my credentials to the President ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt at Anatolia College Campus

Ambassador’s Remarks at Anatolia College, Town Hall with American Citizens and Wardens Anatolia College Thessaloniki, Greece October 26, 2016, 6:30 PM Thank you very much Rosemary.  Good evening everybody.  Καλησπέρα σας.  I have been spending all day trying to remember to say “Χρόνια πολλά!” to all of my Demetra and Demetrios friends.  But I understand ... Read More»

Consul General Explains U.S. Elections to Students

Consul General Rebecca Fong discussed the United States Electoral System and the Primaries with a group of 70 students of Political Science at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.  CG Fong offered an overview of the U.S. Presidential Elections, focusing on how the U.S. primary and general election works and the difference between popular voting and ... Read More»

“Exchange Our World” with Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, February 26, 2016

Following in the footsteps of the legendary Jazz Ambassadors Program of the 1950’s, the American Music Abroad Program specifically designed for people-to-people cultural exchange, communicated America’s rich musical contributions and diverse culture during a ten-day tour of Northern Greece.  Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards performed in Kozani, Xanthi and Thessaloniki holding concerts, workshops, lectures ... Read More»

American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Pita Cutting, February 1, 2016

“2015 was a year filled with quite a few challenges and uncertainty here in Greece.  Throughout all of it, the U.S. has been Greece’s steadfast friend.  This will not change.,” said Consul General Fong during her remarks at the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce “Pita Cutting” celebration on February 1; an event honoring an old Greek ... Read More»

Fulbright Alumni Cut Traditional “Pita” for the New Year, January 25, 2016

On January 25, approximately 60 Fulbright Foundation alumni joined Consul General Rebecca Fong and Fulbright Executive Director Artemis Zenetou in the traditional “Pita cutting” to mark the New Year with aspirations of happiness and prosperity.  Along with Fulbright alumni, academics, artists, and others gathered to exchange views on the importance of academic exchange and the ... Read More»

Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson of Secretary Lew’s Call with Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos

January 12, 2016 Readout from a Treasury Spokesperson of Secretary Lew’s Call with Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos WASHINGTON – U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew spoke by phone today with Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos. Secretary Lew commended Minister Tsakalotos for the reforms Greece has adopted to date.  Secretary Lew reiterated the importance of ... Read More»

Opening of “The Rebirth of St. Nicholas” Exhibition in Thessaloniki

Consul General Rebecca Fong Rebecca Fong had the honor to participate in the opening of the exhibition “The Rebirth of St. Nicholas Church at ‘Ground Zero’” with designs by Santiago Calatrava, organized by the Teloglion Foundation of Arts and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Alternate Rector Paraskevi Argyropoulou-Pataka, Professor Alexandra Voutira, Consul General Fong, Professor ... Read More»

Thessaloniki Model United Nations for Public School Students

Consul General Rebecca A. Fong congratulated a group of 240 high school students from 25 public schools of the central Macedonia region on their participation in the 14th annual Thessaloniki Model United Nations simulation exercise at the American Farm School, November 20 – 22.  Consul General Fong underlined the value of keeping an open mind, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pearce Hosted a welcome Reception for Consul General Rebecca Fong

“Greece Matters” were the words of Consul General Rebecca Fong during her welcome reception hosted by Ambassador David D. Pearce last week.  Ambassador Pearce highlighted the importance of the U.S. Consulate in Thessaloniki and its close cooperation with the Embassy in Athens, underlining the long-lasting friendship between the two countries.  Ambassador Pearce described the principle ... Read More»

Study in the USA Opportunities

Consul General Rebecca Fong discussed the value of educational exchanges and the Fulbright Program in Greece at an event organized in the framework of International Education Week on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the Journalists’ Union.  Consul General Fong, along with Fulbright Foundation Advisor Nicholas Tourides and Fulbright Scholarship recipients talked about the experience of ... Read More»

AnimaSyros Animation Festival – Destination Trikala, February 27, 2015

February 27 was the opening day of the AnimaSyros Animation Festival – Destination Trikala, with the participation of both children and “older children” who are fans of cartoons and animation as a cinematographic art.  With the support of the U.S. Mission, this was the first “trip” of AnimaSyros outside of the island, which was concluded ... Read More»

Thessaloniki Meets Design, February 21, 2015

Spotify lead product designer and art director Tobias van Schneider was the key note speaker at the World Information Architecture Day 2015 hosted in Thessaloniki, simultaneously with 38 cities in 24 countries around the world and spoke about architecting happiness by design.  World Information Architecture Day is a one-day annual conference, held across the world, ... Read More»

Principal Officer Kicks-off First LEGO League Competition in Thessaloniki, February 8, 2015

Local education NGO EduACT, in cooperation with the U.S. Consulate General, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Church of Neapolis and the City of Pylaia organized the first ever “Experts’ Seminar for the FLL World Class Innovation Ambassadors Event” at the prestigious Concert Hall. The educational seminar on innovation was the kick-off event for the ... Read More»

U.S. Consulate Commemorates Staff Member Executed by Nazis during WWII, February 4, 2015

U.S. Consul Robert P. Sanders and U.S. Consulate General guests honored the memory of David Tiano, a Greek U.S. consulate employee of Jewish extraction who was executed by the Nazis in 1942.  Dr. Yiorgos Antoniou, research associate of the International Hellenic University gave a lecture and presented footage of Holocaust survivors recounting their memories of WWII ... Read More»

World Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015

Principal Officer Robert P. Sanders joined local authorities and officials, representatives of the armed forces, the police, Holocaust survivors and descendants of victims for the wreath laying ceremony on the World Holocaust Remembrance Day.  In Larissa, the attendees laid wreaths at the Holocaust Memorial of the Square of Greek Jewish Martyrs and attended the traditional ... Read More»

“The Holocaust in Greece: Genocide and its Aftermath” International Conference in Thessaloniki

Devin E. Naar, Assistant Professor and Marsha & Jay Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies, Coordinator of the Sephardic Studies Initiative was the key-note speaker and lecturer during the first international conference on “The Holocaust in Greece:  Genocide and its Aftermath” organized by the Journal of Genocide Research and the International Hellenic University. Devin offered two ... Read More»

Consulate Commemorates Employee Killed by Nazis

The American Consulate in Thessaloniki held its eighth annual lecture in memory of David Tiano, a Greek employee of Jewish extraction who was executed by the Nazis in 1942 after the U.S. declared war on Germany.  Dr. Maria Kavala, a history professor at Aristotle University who teaches courses on the holocaust and anti-Semitism, presented a ... Read More»

English Language Specialist Engages Teachers on Tolerance/Diversity and Bullying Theme

During a week-long visit to the north of Greece, English Language Specialist Lydia Stack visited Thessaloniki for seminars with English language teachers on how to promote tolerance, diversity, and anti-bullying techniques in their schools.  Speaking in front of a full house of more than 150 English language teachers in the Thessaloniki History Center on February ... Read More»

Consul Highlights Global Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism at Model UN Simulation Exercise, February 13, 2015

Consul Sanders addressed a group of 400 high-school students, representing 32 student delegations from ten different countries at the opening of the 10th Anatolia College MUN exercise on February 13, 2014.  Consul Robert Sanders congratulated the students for their commitment and participation and encouraged them to continue and explore their opportunities; build their leadership skills ... Read More»

Principal Officer Attends Holocaust Remembrance Day in Thessaloniki and Larissa

Approximately 80 Fulbright alumni joined Principal Officer Robert Sanders and Fulbright Executive Director Artemis Zenetou on January 24 in a traditional new year’s “pita cutting,” symbolizing happiness and prosperity for the year.  Academics, Fulbright alumni, American schools representatives, artists and others attended the event and exchanged their views on the importance of education and academic ... Read More»

Principal Officer Attends Holocaust Remembrance Day in Thessaloniki and Larissa

Principal Officer Robert Sanders joined local officials, representatives of the armed forces, the police, Holocaust survivors, and descendants of victims for a wreath laying ceremony on World Holocaust Remembrance Day in Thessaloniki.  In Larissa, the attendees laid wreaths at the Holocaust Memorial of the Square of Greek Jews of Larissa and attended a traditional candle ... Read More»

Interaction and Creativity in Kozani Junior High School with English Language Teachers and Students

The Fourth Public Junior High School of Kozani hosted a workshop for 30 high school language instructors along with 30 students, who discussed the use of English in the classroom to understand  complex concepts like changing urban environments.  Three Aristotle University graduate students and their mentor, Dr. Tatiani Rapatzikou, presented concepts on engaging students through ... Read More»

“Solidarity Now” Opens Service Center in Thessaloniki

“Solidarity Now,” a network of organizations and people who work to assist those hurt by recession in Greece, opened its first Solidarity Center in Thessaloniki on January 17.  The Center cooperates with several local NGOs to operate as a host institution that offers assistance in legal matters, labor issues, social solidarity, medical support, psychological support, ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador David Pearce Highlights Strong U.S.-Greece Ties During Visit To Northern Greece

U.S. Ambassador David Pearce’s visit to northern Greece November 25-26 highlighted the enduring commitment of the United States to the region and reiterated the strong ties between the Greek and American people. In meetings with the Minister of Macedonia and Thrace and the Mayor of Thessaloniki, the Ambassador discussed the unique challenges regional and government ... Read More»
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