Joint Statement on Third United States – Greece Strategic Dialogue 

The Governments of the United States and Greece held the third United States – Greece Strategic Dialogue in Washington, DC on October 14, 2021. Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias and U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken launched the Strategic Dialogue, which included high-level interagency representation from both countries. Read More»

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN: Signing of Protocol of Amendment to the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement with Greece

Secretary Anthony J. Blinken: "Alongside Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, today I signed an amendment to the U.S.-Greece Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA).  The MDCA is the bedrock of our defense cooperation and has helped strengthen our common defense for more than three decades.  This second amendment to the MDCA in as many years demonstrates ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Dendias

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias today in Washington on the occasion of the third U.S. – Greece Strategic Dialogue.  Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Dendias celebrated the growing and enduring strength of U.S. – Greece relations and the 200th year of Greek independence.  The Secretary and the Foreign ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias for the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue

Secretary Anthony J. Blinken: "I’m particularly delighted that today, the foreign minister and I will sign an amendment to the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement between our countries, two proud, strong NATO Allies, both deeply committed to our Alliance.  This update will allow the agreement to remain in force indefinitely, and it enables U.S. forces in ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at  Launch of Syros CodeGirls Program

Ambassador Pyatt: "CodeGirls is one of the very best of these programs that we have here in Greece.  It helps equip all of you with the tools to be successful in a globally connected economy, and it contributes to the effort that the Embassy is making to advance programs in areas like entrepreneurship and the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: Launch of FEMPowerment Initiative

Ambassador Pyatt: "We care deeply about the achievements of women in the economy because history shows that when women fully participate and succeed in the workplace, our societies prosper.  And as our countries and communities recover from the economic shock of the pandemic, women’s contributions will be more valuable than ever. " Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at The Economist 5th Sustainability Summit for South-East Europe and the Mediterranean

Ambassador Pyatt: "Let me start by saying what a huge honor it is to be on the stage again with Minister Skrekas.  The fact that we are together reflects the degree to which American and Greek perspectives and interests on this basket of issues has really converged.  And we are working together every single day, including ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Keynote Remarks at 6th HAEE Energy Transition Symposium

Ambassador Pyatt: "We strongly believe, as Minister Dendias and other Greek leaders have emphasized, that energy management should be an avenue for cooperation, not conflict.  That’s why the United States strongly supports Greece’s efforts to deepen its ties with Israel and Cyprus through the 3+1 framework.  We were proud to host the 3+1 Technical Working ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at The Monocle Quality of Life Conference 2021

Ambassador Pyatt: The top U.S. interest is to see Greece continue to play its role as a stable NATO partner, a pillar of democracy, a source of solutions in the wider neighborhood, including in Libya.  But I would also emphasize, I’ve seen all these pictures flashing up of Souda Bay and our Air Force activities. ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at GCMC-ELIAMEP Seminar on Countering Malign Influence

Ambassador Pyatt: "The United States strongly supports this more dynamic Greek foreign policy, and through two U.S. administrations we have bolstered the 3+1 cooperation framework with Greece, Israel, Cyprus, and the United States, which has been a signature element of this new geography.  Similarly, we’ve made good progress over the past few years involving Greece ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Signing of the Renewal of the MOU for the Protection of Cultural Heritage between the U.S. and Greece

Ambassador Pyatt: "With the renewal of our agreement, the United States reaffirms our commitment to the protection of Greece’s fabulously rich cultural heritage.  Reflecting the great value and the importance of Greece’s history to all of humanity, this renewal also expands the scope of our earlier agreement, to include precious artifacts and ecclesiastical ethnological treasures ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Diversity in Business Conference 2021

Ambassador Pyatt: "President Biden has expressed his personal commitment to working with Greece to pursue sustainable economic growth in the wake of the global pandemic.  And a very important part of fostering that growth is ensuring a workplace culture in which all employees, including women and underrepresented minorities, feel safe and supported." Read More»

We’re Hiring! Join Our Team! – Updated September 21, 2021

Are you interested in working with us at the U.S Embassy in Greece? If yes, you may visit our page at   to read advertisements of the positions. Public Engagement Assistant (Press and Media) The work schedule for this position is: Full Time (40 hours per week) Start date: Candidate must be able to begin working within a reasonable period of time (2 ... Read More»

City of Tarpon Springs Announces Twinning Ceremonies with Three New Sister Cities

The City of Tarpon Springs will formalize Sister City Agreements with three new Sister Cities in Greece later this month. Twinning Ceremonies will be held in the cities of Chania, Hydra and Ilida formally acknowledging the new friendship agreements and furthering the commitment of the City of Tarpon Springs to the preservation of its Greek ... Read More»

National Interest Exception (NIE) – Travel Update, September 13, 2021

Updated 9/13/2021 NOTE: If you are a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident (“Green Card” holder), the NIE information below does NOT pertain to you.  If you are the legal spouse of a U.S. citizen or Green Card holder, scroll down to “Family-Based Exemptions.” Schengen Travel Restrictions Remain in Place Presidential Proclamation 10143, which suspended travel from the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at TechCamp Thessaloniki Launch “Empowering Women Entrepreneurs” 

Ambassador Pyatt: "Gender equality and women’s economic empowerment have been Embassy priorities for many years that I’m proud to support.  We want to make sure that women not only benefit from these new opportunities, but are leading Greece’s digital transformation." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: “The U.S. Perspective for Southeast Europe’s Energy Role”

Southeast Europe Energy Forum Panel American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce MET Hotel, Thessaloniki  September 10, 2021 As Delivered I can be relatively brief, and let me just start by saying first of all, huge congratulations both to the Atlantic Council but also to our partners in AmCham – Niko,  Alex and everybody else – for what ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: “The Potential of Circular Economy: Greece’s Objectives and Implementation Process”

The Economist Thessaloniki Metropolitan Summit Electra Hotel, Thessaloniki September 10, 2021 Thank you very much for having me.  Congratulations to The Economist for putting on this forum up here in Thessaloniki, a city that in many ways has felt like my second home throughout my five years as American Ambassador here. It’s a huge honor ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Ambassadors’ Forum

Ambassador Pyatt: "We want the Eastern Mediterranean region to be a zone of peace, stability, and shared prosperity, and that’s why the United States remains committed to deepening the U.S.-Greece relationship and taking a relationship that is stronger than it’s ever been and continuing to expand it into new areas of cooperation. " Read More»

Introducing the American Literature Series on the American Short Story

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Athens and its Athens American Center proudly announce our next American Literature Series focused on the highly popular and influential genre of short fiction. The program will take place from October 13, 2021, to January 19, 2022, and is a follow-up of two successful prior seminars ... Read More»

 Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Center for European Policy Analysis Panel “Changing Tides: Great Power Competition In the Eastern Mediterranean”

 September 7, 2021 Moderator (Andrew Novo, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Defense and Security,  Center for European Policy Analysis): I’m sure this sort of increased cooperation is something that the United States would like to see in the region, so I’d like to turn to Ambassador Pyatt. How does the Eastern Mediterranean fit into the current foreign policy of the ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger’s Remarks at Educational Seminar for the Management of Cases of Missing Children and Adults

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "The U.S. government places a high priority on ensuring the safety and security of children and missing persons, and we are deeply committed to protecting all people from crime and exploitation.  I wanted to take just a couple of moments today to highlight some of our efforts, including our ... Read More»

Chairman Menendez Delivers Keynote Remarks on U.S.-Greek Relationship

August 26, 2021 “Kalispera sas. Timi mou pou eimai edo. What an honor it is to be here tonight to kick off your 2040 series of events. Let me first thank the Greece 2021 Committee for the opportunity to speak with you this evening, and let me congratulate Ambassador Angelopoulou – as she is known, ... Read More»

Chairman Menendez Travels to Eastern Mediterranean; Recognized by Governments of Greece and Cyprus for his Commitment to Strengthening Partnerships

United State Senate Committee on Foreign Relations August 31, 2021 UNION CITY, NJ – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, travelled to the Eastern Mediterranean earlier this month to assess and advance the partnerships among the United States, Greece and Cyprus. Senator Menendez was invited to be the keynote ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Prix Galien 2021 Awards Ceremony

Ambassador Pyatt: "As we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Greek independence and look forward to a brighter, healthier future, I commend Prix Galien Greece for honoring those in the healthcare industry who have dedicated their careers to enhancing the quality of human life." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Invest in South Aegean Conference 

Ambassador Pyatt: "So it is a significant accomplishment that Greece has left that crisis period behind, and in fact, in many ways, Greece is positioned to emerge from the COVID shock much more strongly than others in the European Union.  Governor Hatzimarkos talked about the 32 billion euros that will be pumped into the Greek economy ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AHEPA George C. Marshall Award Reception

Ambassador Pyatt: "Greece has proved itself to be a valuable U.S. partner capable of building bridges between our NATO Allies and key regional partners. In five years, I have seen Greece transition from being a problem for the European Union—a country where officials worried about the stability of the financial system, or Greece leaving the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Reception in Honor of California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis In Collaboration with Women Act 

Ambassador Pyatt: "Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis has a lot of firsts to her name: the first Greek American woman ever to serve as an American ambassador—we were both ambassadors for President Obama.  She is also the first Greek American woman obviously to be Lieutenant Governor of California, maybe to be Lieutenant Governor anywhere in the United States.  And ... Read More»

DCM Burger’s Remarks at WHIA Welcome Dinner

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "So we’re very excited about the U.S.-Greece Defense and Interparliamentary Partnership Act introduced by Senator Menendez and Senator Rubio, which will further increase our forces’ interoperability.  And both of our governments, at the highest levels, are committed to increasing the length and scope of the MDCA to advance joint ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 99th Annual AHEPA Family Supreme Convention Event

Ambassador Pyatt: "Two hundred years later, the United States and Greece continue to stand shoulder to shoulder as friends and allies to uphold and defend our democratic ideals.   And as my friends in the diaspora like to point out, Greece has been allied with the United States in every major international conflict through the 20th century.  Together ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA)

Ambassador Pyatt: "Today, as the United States joins Greeks around the world in celebrating the birth of the modern Greek state, we are extremely proud to recognize AHEPA’s contributions to our alliance.  Together, we will work to honor the unwavering friendship between America’s and Greece’s democracies, and we will work to charter an even more ambitious ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger’s Remarks for Workshop on Cyber Threats to Financial Institutions

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "The United States is committed to the collective security of all NATO member states and to fighting malign influence, disinformation, and complex cyber threats across our transatlantic community. The global nature of cyberspace necessitates strong international engagement and cooperation through diplomacy and by building the capacity of our foreign ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AmCham Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) Roundtable

Ambassador Pyatt: "I’d like to start with that point, that President Biden is strongly committed to our work with Greece to help ensure that both our countries enjoy a sustainable economic growth trajectory as we begin to climb our way out of the global pandemic and all of the disruption that that has caused.  The ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Launch of MExoxo’s “Small Places Big Dreams: Empowering Women in Greek Tourism”

Ambassador Pyatt: "We want to make sure that Greek women are part of that story, are able to take advantage of the tools and the empowerment they need to take full advantage.  And this is one part of a larger Embassy strategy, to focus on women’s empowerment.  We’ll be doing more on that in the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Defense Exhibition Athens (DEFEA) 2021 AmCham USA Pavilion Reception

Ambassador Pyatt: "A stronger and more secure Greece is not just in America’s interests.  Our work together deepens important regional relationships and strengthens the NATO Alliance.  Over the past five years, I have been proud to be part of a dramatic expansion of U.S.-Greece defense ties that has made this one of the strongest aspects ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 23rd International Symi Symposium “The East Med: Reassessing Common Interests” Panel

Ambassador Pyatt: "It is not a coincidence that President Biden’s first trip abroad as President was to Europe — meetings at the NATO summit and at the EU summit.  I think it was a very clear indicator of his belief that if the United States is to stabilize our international role in the aftermath of ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at  Defense Exhibition Athens (DEFEA) 2021 USA Pavilion Opening

Ambassador Pyatt: "So this is, as Heidi said, a moment of extraordinary accomplishment in the U.S.-Greece defense relationship, but I want to be very clear that we are not resting on our laurels.  We are continuing to move forward.  We have the General Atomics MQ-9s which are exhibited today, a system that we’re discussing with ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at The 25th Economist Roundtable with the Government of Greece 

Ambassador Pyatt: "The United States looks to Greece as an essential partner.  Whether it’s working to support the countries of the Western Balkans continuing to move towards Euro-Atlantic institutions, stabilizing the Eastern Mediterranean and leveraging the opportunities for energy, for economic cooperation, building on the vision which lies behind our 3+1 cooperation — and I ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 5th Cretan Energy Conference 

Ambassador Pyatt: "I’m confident that the close alignment between the Biden-Harris administration and Prime Minister Mitsotakis’ government on climate and the green economy will create many more opportunities for U.S.-Greece collaboration in renewables, energy storage, grid infrastructure, e-mobility, and the circular economy.   Building on the strong foundation of our energy partnership, the sky is the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s July 4th Interview with Nikolas Vafiadis, Antenna TV

Ambassador Pyatt: "Greece is one of our strongest partners in NATO today, and I’m incredibly proud of the partnerships that we’ve formed with the Greek Ministry of Defense and the Greek Armed Forces in all domains – whether it’s our air exercises in Iniochos, what our navies do together when the carrier groups come through the Eastern Mediterranean, ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger’s Remarks at Memorial Ceremony for the Battle of Peta, Presentation of Award for American Philhellenes

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "Americans understood that our new republic was inspired by the democratic principles of ancient Greece.  They formed grassroots organizations to advocate for the Greek cause and deliver humanitarian aid to the Greek people. Two hundred years later, the special bond between the United States and Greece is stronger than ever.  As ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the 2021 American College of Greece Deree Commencement Ceremony 

Ambassador Pyatt: "The United States is committed to ensuring that the relationship that has united our peoples for two hundred years will continue to bear fruit for decades to come as we, together, work to make this world and this region more secure and prosperous. So I hope that you will see the relationship you ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement to the Press: Special Warfare Command Live Demonstration

Ambassador Pyatt: "I’m also very proud of the partnership that we have forged between the United States Special Operations Command Europe, SOCEUR, and the Hellenic Special Forces.  I am proud to say, I was talking to one of our representatives from SOCEUR in Stuttgart who noted that about 80% of the capabilities that we saw demonstrated ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Hydra Workshop in Honor of American Philhellenes Melina Merkouri Conference Room, Hydra

Ambassador Pyatt: "The Embassy’s bicentennial campaign is entitled, “USA and Greece: Celebrating 200 Years of Friendship.”  It’s designed to highlight the stories of brave American women and men who 200 years ago stood shoulder to shoulder with the Greek people.  American society has been enriched from its earliest days by our relationship with Greece and with ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Hydra Street Naming Ceremony in Honor of American Philhellenes William Washington and George Jarvis

Ambassador Pyatt: "On this very special day for Hydra, but also for the United States, just a few days before our Fourth of July Independence holiday, I can’t think of any place better to be to celebrate the Greek bicentennial and the two hundred years of ties between our two countries." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at POWER Female Tech Entrepreneurs Forum 

Ambassador Pyatt: "When President Biden spoke to Prime Minister Mitsotakis a couple of months ago, one of his messages was to underline the U.S. commitment to partner with Greece as we all work together to recover from the pandemic and begin the process of sustainable economic recovery.  And I think if there’s one silver lining ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at ACS Athens Graduation

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 Delivered (prerecorded video) Thank you very much for the kind introduction, Dr. Pelonis.  Faculty and staff of the American Community School, parents, family, and friends, and most importantly, members of the graduating class of 2021, I’m honored to take part in this year’s graduation ceremony, and I wish we could be celebrating together ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger’s Remarks at 10th Greek Investment Forum in New York

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "Our countries are growing closer in every sector of the economy, including tourism, where American demand to visit Greece is skyrocketing.  There are now nine direct flights from the United States to Greece this summer, more than we’ve ever had before.  And I think this very much reflects how ... Read More»

DCM David Burger’s Remarks at “Agrologistics in Greece: Challenges and Opportunities”

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "the U.S. and Greek governments, and U.S. and Greek companies.  As this event demonstrates, we can accomplish great things by coming together to support innovation in the agricultural sector.  And President Biden has reaffirmed that the United States is committed to working with Greece to pursue sustainable economic recovery in the wake of the pandemic." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Patras Regional Growth Conference

Discussion with Apostolos Mangiriadis, Political Correspondent, SKAI TV “A New Era for U.S.-Greece Relations” Patras Regional Growth Conference June 4, 2021 Mr. Mangiriadis:  Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening from Patras.  This is Apostolos Mangiriadis, I’m a political correspondent for SKAI TV and SKAI Radio and I am very happy and honored to be joined with Ambassador Geoffrey ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Arsis Home Site Visit

Ambassador Pyatt: "I am very proud of the fact that the United States government has been able to offer some assistance to Greece in bearing this burden, both through our contributions to IOM and UNHCR, for which Greece is the largest funder, but also through our direct bilateral assistance to NGOs and service providers here ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at MOU Signing with EduAct for Thessaloniki TechLab

Ambassador Pyatt: "But there’s a very special opportunity today in Thessaloniki because of the way in which American companies are investing here, helping to build the technology ecosystem, and the support that they have received both from the regional government, from the city government, Mayor Zervas, but also from Prime Minister Mitsotakis and his team." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks in Thessaloniki with Mayor Zervas 

Ambassador Pyatt: "Kalimera. Let me start by thanking Mayor Zervas for arranging this morning to let me enjoy another aspect of this beautiful city. I talked a lot last night at the AmCham Conference about the emphasis that my government is placing on our partnership with Northern Greece, especially with Thessaloniki in the areas of ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Propeller Club “The Next Forum 2021”

Ambassador Pyatt: "Our countries’ close and mutually beneficial relationship is rooted in our deeply held democratic values, the revolutions that these ideals inspired, and the aid that our peoples have provided to each other over the years to uphold liberty and justice for all." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at MOU Signing Ceremony for ONEX-Cisco International Maritime Tech and Innovation Center

Ambassador Pyatt: "This major investment and the rebirth of Elefsina and Scaramangas will spur further the revival of Greece’s long maritime traditions and enhance interoperability and collective security in this strategic region, serving American interests and strengthening the NATO Alliance.  Meanwhile, U.S. technology companies like Cisco are expanding their footprint in Greece, assisting Greece in ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at American Airlines Event

Ambassador Pyatt: "I want to applaud the efforts of U.S. airline operators like American Airlines to increase the daily direct flights between our countries, and I hope that at least some of these seasonal routes from New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Dulles will soon grow into permanent, year-round flights.  That’s good for both of ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Opening of the Exhibit on American Philhellenism

Ambassador Pyatt: "We are delighted this exhibition will shed light on the brave efforts of American women and men who stood shoulder to shoulder with the Greek people to help Greece reclaim its birthright of democracy and independence.   In the two centuries since Greece’s independence movement began, our countries have learned and benefitted from ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Inaugural Alexander Philon Lecture, German Marshall Fund

Ambassador Pyatt: "Conveniently for me, for the United States, the Prime Minister’s priorities line up perfectly with U.S. priorities. The priority first on the green economy and sustainability. And second on things digital. So we’ve got a tremendous partnership with the Prime Minister on that. And you’re starting to see a return to some sense ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Athens Stock Exchange, Opening Bell

Ambassador Pyatt: "This is a moment of fantastic opportunity for the U.S.-Greece relationship and especially for our trade and investment ties, something I’ll have more to say about next week as I travel to Thessaloniki and Patras. The Embassy and I will do all that we can in partnership with the Greek government and the Greek ... Read More»

20th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival | * hybrid edition | 28 – 30 May 2021

The U.S. Embassy is excited to bring one of the most important modern jazz trumpeters, Marquis Hill, to the Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival *hybrid edition, on Saturday, May 29. The Festival will run from Friday 28th till Sunday 30th May 2021, and will welcome its avid fans and supporters both physically and digitally! Marquis Hill, ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger Remarks on U.S.-Greek Relations in the Biden Era

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "In his address to the Greek people and his phone conversation with Prime Minister Mitsotakis on March 25 to commemorate the Greek bicentennial, President Biden described how, for two hundred years, our nation’s fates have been intertwined, bound together by our shared democratic values and a common commitment to ... Read More»

U.S. Campaign to Commemorate Greece’s Bicentennial : “USA-Greece: Celebrating 200 Years of Friendship”

Summary US Ambassador Pyatt highlights our historic partnership, shared passion for democracy, the values that unite us and make our countries stronger. #USGreece2021 Greece 2021 Summary This year, we celebrate the friendship that unites the United States and Greece, a partnership of shared values that began when Americans joined Greece’s fight for independence, drawn by the cry ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Delphi Inclusivity Lounge

Ambassador Pyatt: "Here at the Embassy, we’re going to continue to work on these issues, building programs to aid women entrepreneurs, to help bridge the gender gap in science and technology, to raise awareness of gender issues, which I think is so much of the story.  I had an opportunity to do this back in ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at “Greek Fire: The Lasting Impact of the Greek Revolution on American Culture and Politics” 

Ambassador Pyatt: "I’m proud to say today that the relationship between our countries is at an all-time high.  As President Biden remarked recently, we have rich and important economic, business, and defense ties, but what really binds us are our values.  And the relationship between the United States and Greece is going to continue to ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Fireside Chat with Marianna Kakaounaki

Ambassador Pyatt: "I think you’ve seen his comments around the Greek Bicentennial.  His comments and Dr. Biden’s comments and the Vice President’s comments on Orthodox Easter.  This is a President who knows Greece and the Greek people extremely well.  He’s made clear that he’s committed to raise our relationship to the next level.  And that’s ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at DEFENDER-Europe 21 DV Day

Ambassador Pyatt: "DEFENDER-Europe 21 in particular highlights Alexandroupoli’s strategic location and the critical asset that this port represents.  This large-scale U.S. Army-led exercise, consisting of more than 28,000 multinational forces from 26 nations, is designed to build readiness and interoperability between the United States, NATO Allies, and partner militaries over a wide area of operations." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Delivery of Hellenic Navy S-70 Helicopter 

Ambassador Pyatt: "The work being done here at Aeroservices, on behalf of the Hellenic Navy, is another great example of the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program delivering results for the Hellenic Armed Forces.  The Hellenic Navy’s S-70B sustainment and upgrade programs exemplify the strong cooperation between the U.S. and Hellenic Navies." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at MITEF Greece Startup Competition’s “Pitch Night”

Ambassador Pyatt: "We also continue to work very closely with Minister Kerameus and the terrific team at the Ministry of Education to promote collaboration and exchanges between Greek and American academic and research institutions, all of which are part of accelerating this process of extraversion, helping Greece to succeed in a globally connected and digitally ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks to Press: U.S. Coast Guard Visit to the Port of Piraeus

Ambassador Pyatt: "As you can tell from the many joint exercises and ship visits that we have seen in recent weeks—like the INIOCHOS Air Force exercise, the USS Eisenhower’s visit to Souda Bay, the Atlantic Resolve rotations ongoing through Alexandroupoli, and Defender-Europe 21 starting next month—our defense and security relationship is stronger than ever, anchored ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Opening Remarks at SelectUSA Summit Kickoff with Enterprise Greece 

Ambassador Pyatt: "Coming out of a difficult decade of economic crisis, Greek companies are looking outward, are demonstrating the entrepreneurial ingenuity that Greeks are known for around the world and are looking to the United States as a preferred partner.  So that’s fantastic.  I wish we were doing this here in real life, but doing ... Read More»

The United States and Greece: Joining Forces to Combat Climate Change

Ambassador Pyatt: "Greece is renowned as one of the most beautiful countries on Earth, home to some of the planet’s most stunning and diverse natural landscapes.  We share a responsibility to protect Greece’s rich natural heritage and resources so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come.  While doing so, we can also create ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Op-Ed on the U.S.-Greece Defense Relationship

Ambassador Pyatt: "The United States and Greece are poised to do so much more together.  That is why both our governments, at the highest level, are committed to extending the duration and reach of the MDCA.  Our security relationship is not just about hardware.  It is about a commitment to a long-term partnership, based on ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Opening of the Museum on Philhellenism 

Ambassador Pyatt: "We are delighted to include the “American Philhellenism” exhibition in the Embassy’s celebration, “USA and Greece: Celebrating 200 Years of Friendship.”  In partnership with cultural and educational institutions around the country, cities, and individual citizens, we will seek to reaffirm and honor the unwavering bond between our democracies and strengthen the cooperation between ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Prometheus: An Innovative Tech Transfer Program in Greece

Ambassador Pyatt: "I’m absolutely convinced that as Greece emerges from the economic crisis, that one of its great competitive advantages is going to be its human capital, its skilled workforce.  We see American companies responding to that — the kind of investments that you’re seeing from top-tier American firms like Pfizer, Cisco, Deloitte, Microsoft, Digital ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy in Greece and the Athens Comics Library Welcome  New York Times Bestselling Cartoonist Colleen Doran for Virtual Event

How does a female comic artist break through a male dominated industry? How do you turn your passion into a profession? How do you become a New York Times bestselling cartoonist? Celebrated American cartoon artist Colleen Doran will answer these questions and many more during a special presentation organized by the Athens Comics Library and ... Read More»

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices 2020: Greece

Greece is a constitutional republic and multiparty parliamentary democracy. Legislative authority is vested in a unicameral parliament, which approves a government headed by a prime minister. In July 2019 the country held parliamentary elections that observers considered free and fair. A government formed by the New Democracy Party headed by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis leads ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for Greece Bicentennial Event on USS Constitution

Ambassador Pyatt: "Today, the United States joins Greek people around the world to celebrate the birth of the modern Greek state and the 200-year friendship between our countries.  The Greek and American revolutions are uniquely intertwined, inspired by our deeply ingrained belief in the system of government the ancient Athenians called demokratía because the power ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement on Greek Independence Day

Ambassador Pyatt: "On behalf of the U.S. Mission in Greece, I’m delighted to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Greek independence and offer my warmest wishes to Greece and the Greek people.  The United States joins Greeks around the world to celebrate the birth of the modern Greek state and the 200-year friendship between our countries. " Read More»

STEM STARS GREECE: Looking for Greek Science Stars Competition Final | Awards Ceremony

The U.S. Embassy in Athens and the Greek nonprofit organization SciCo are proud to announce the digital STEM STARS GREECE final competition and awards ceremony which will take place on Sunday, March 28th as part of the Athens Science Festival.  The two student teams that will launch Greece’s participation in the International Science and Engineering ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks to Press with Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 

Ambassador Pyatt: "Let me just say what an honor it is for me and for our whole U.S. Navy team to have Prime Minister Mitsotakis and his national security team on board the USS Eisenhower here in Souda Bay today.  Souda is the crown jewel of our defense cooperation, and the support that Greece provides ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger Remarks: Fulbright Spring Get-Together with Greek Fulbright Fellows in the U.S.

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "It’s also an exciting time to be in Greece because we’re doing so much great work with the Greek government on really expanding the horizons of U.S.-Greece cooperation in the academic world. Right now, we’re working very closely with Minister of Education Nikki Kerameus, a graduate of a U.S. ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: Investing in Clinical Trials, Development Opportunities

Ambassador Pyatt: "We’re very excited that AmCham and the Ministry of Health are moving forward with an MOU to grow their partnership and ensure sustainable, long-term healthcare financing, and leveraging our new Science and Technology Agreement to build opportunities for our researchers.  You in Greece have a great partner in the Biden Administration.  We’re committed ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks on International Women’s Day and the U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award 

Ambassador Pyatt: "This year, March 8 arrives as Greece is in the midst of a national debate over sexual harassment.  Like many of you on this call today, I’ve been heartbroken to hear some of the stories that have come out.  I really want to commend the courage of those who have stepped forward to ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement on 2021 Bicentennial Celebrations

Ambassador Pyatt: "Greece’s struggle for independence motivated early Americans to rally behind the Greek cause of democracy and self-determination.  As the inheritors of ancient Athenian traditions, American Philhellenes believed they had a civic duty to help Greece reclaim its birthright of democracy. " Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at DigiTalks: “5G: Greece Changes Gears, Challenges and Opportunities” 

Ambassador Pyatt: "All of our lives have been turned upside down by the pandemic over the past year.  And again I’ll say thank you to Antonis and the whole team at Cisco for making available tools like this which have allowed us to continue our work and the great work that Cisco and other American ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the George C. Marshall Center’s Virtual Seminar on Countering Malign Influence 

Ambassador Pyatt: "The last point I will make to sort of bring it back to Colonel MacDonald and the Marshall Center: just to emphasize how important our military and security ties continue to be to building our alliances.  We see that almost every single day of the week now, as you’ve seen a real ramping ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Fulbright Greece Black History Month Event

Ambassador Pyatt: "2021 is a really special year, for both Fulbright and for Greece.  Its the 75th anniversary of Fulbright, the oldest Fulbright program in Europe and the second oldest in the world.  And I will point out, Artemis, that I’m now on track to celebrate both Fulbright’s 70th Anniversary in Greece and it’s 75th, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the International Academic Partnership Program Webinar

Ambassador Pyatt: "Education has been for many decades one of the real bright spots of the U.S.-Greece relationship.  We celebrated a major anniversary of the Fulbright program relatively early in my tenure.  Minister Kerameus was part of Prime Minister Mitsotakis’s delegation to the White House when he went there last year.  That was a reflection ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at “Career Path” Webinar

Ambassador Pyatt: "As the Greek government embraces digital reforms and continues to create the right conditions to attract U.S. investors, this mission could not be more timely or more important.  Since I spoke at Panorama last July, American investment in Greece’s technology and innovation sectors has grown at a phenomenal rate." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Ambassador Pyatt: "We are committed to working with Greece and the IHRA to combat Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism, and we will continue to support the Greek government’s efforts to build a world-class Holocaust Museum in Thessaloniki to tell the story of the tens of thousands of Thessaloniki Jews who perished in the Holocaust." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Front Runners in Sports Management 3.0 Webinar

Ambassador Pyatt: "So as we look ahead to our celebration of Greece’s bicentennial this year and the Tokyo Olympics this summer, I know that sports collaboration between the United States and Greece will continue as part of our larger effort to celebrate Greece’s history, to honor the accomplishments of its people, and to uphold the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Conference on Cultural Diplomacy and Contribution of Diaspora

Ambassador Pyatt: "The Greek diaspora and especially grassroots organizations like AHEPA help to put our democratic principles into practice, forming a vital bridge between the peoples of our two countries. You are one of the secret ingredients of our bilateral relationship, helping to advance our great work." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at U.S. Presidential Inauguration Event

Ambassador Pyatt: "Inspired by ancient Greece’s greatest thinkers and the experience of Athenian democracy, our nation’s founders drafted a Constitution seeking to create a “more perfect union.”  They understood that every democracy is a work in progress, that the American experiment would follow a winding path, and that our citizens would be tested. But they ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Op-Ed for “Kathimerini” Newspaper: Celebrating 200 Years of Friendship

Ambassador Pyatt: "We know from history books that this is when the Greek people proclaimed their independence, and many gave their lives in the fight for democratic self-governance. What is less well-known is that this was also the start of an important relationship between the United States and Greece, whose histories have been intertwined from ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks on ERT’s Morning Show Syndeseis

Ambassador Pyatt: "So I think I’m very, very optimistic about where the relationship is going. I’m excited about the Greek bicentennial as an opportunity to remind Americans about what Greece stands for, and in particular what Athenian democracy stands for. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for Greece to tell some of these stories ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Athens Investment Zone Site at former ΧΡΩΠΕΙ Dye Works

Ambassador Pyatt: "I think 2020 has been very exciting to see all of the growth and attention that the Greek start-up sector is getting in the United States.  And I’m very excited about the prospect of being able to build further our U.S.-Greek partnership around this center because we have done the same thing in ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the ONEX-Cisco International Maritime Tech and Innovation Center Launch

Ambassador Pyatt: "U.S.-Greece cooperation in the maritime and defense sectors continues to grow from strength to strength, based on the principle and the strategy that a stronger and more secure Greece serves American interests and strengthens our NATO Alliance." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at The Greek Association for Atlantic and European Cooperation 29th Annual International Symposium

Ambassador Pyatt:"So we’re very proud of the partnership that we have there, and I would emphasize how significant it is that Prime Minister Mitsotakis has been so unambiguous in his views at a moment when there are voices in Europe throwing around terms like “strategic autonomy” that I think can lead in very unfortunate directions. ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Southeast Europe and East Med Conference

Ambassador Pyatt: "There’s a great deal of confidence in the U.S.-Greece relationship today, and I’m very proud of how we’ve managed to build that across Greek governments and across political parties, and for that matter, across American governments.  And that’s the spirit in which we would approach this prospect of dialogue. " Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Digital Economy Forum 2020

Ambassador Pyatt: "With growing interest and support from the U.S. business community, Greece is on track to become a magnet for technology and innovation in Southeastern Europe and the Western Balkans.  I’m confident that these investments will help contribute to greater stability and prosperity in the region while putting more talented Greeks to work.   ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 22nd Annual Capital Link Invest in Greece Forum 

Ambassador Pyatt:"And if I can leave you with one idea today, it’s that despite a pandemic-induced global slowdown and the huge challenges that COVID-19 has created for all of us, Greece, from the perspective of the American government, is on the right track and moving forward, and indeed, as Ambassador Papadopoulou just described,U.S.-Greece relations have ... Read More»

CAATSA Section 231 “Imposition of Sanctions on Turkish Presidency of Defense Industries”

Fact Sheet (December 14, 2020) - Today, The United States is imposing sanctions on the Republic of Turkey’s Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction with Rosoboronexport (ROE), Russia’s main arms export entity, by procuring the S-400 ... Read More»

The United States Sanctions Turkey Under CAATSA 231

Secretary Pompeo (December 14, 2020) - "Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Republic of Turkey’s Presidency of Defense Industries (SSB) pursuant to Section 231 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction with Rosoboronexport, Russia’s main arms export entity, by procuring the S-400 surface-to-air ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Conversation with Nikolaos Bakatselos, President, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce at the 31st Annual Greek Economic Summit

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 Nikolaos Bakatselos, President, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce: This is your fifth GES, and it’s your fourth year here in Greece. Your presence here has been remarkable. For us, you are the architect of the current status of Greek-U.S. relations, and we thank you for that. What would you say has been our ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for the 2020 CoMuseum International Conference

Ambassador Pyatt: "We turn to the arts in times of crisis for inspiration, to reflect on the ideas and emotions that define us, to share experiences in a community, and to take a break from daily pressures in our lives.  In these moments, we need our museums and cultural institutions more than ever." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the 31st Annual Greek Economic Summit

Ambassador Pyatt: "I remain a true believer in the value of the US-Greece relationship. Our growing collaboration in the digital sector & our investments in energy & infrastructure are creating more opportunities & jobs, ensuring greater security, stability, & prosperity in the EastMed." Read More»

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey R. Pyatt on F-35 Acquisition

November 30, 2020 The United States, at the highest levels, has welcomed Greece’s interest in acquiring the F-35 for the Hellenic Air Force.  We have signaled our support for procurement and are working closely together on a future acquisition program, which would enhance Greece’s defense capabilities, ensure interoperability with U.S. Armed Forces and improve regional stability.  All reports to the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the SingularityU Summit

Ambassador Pyatt: "A lot of this goes back to seeds that we planted in 2018 at the Thessaloniki International Fair. But it also reflects the fact that American companies are recognizing the value proposition that Greece represents — whether it’s Microsoft and the very large commitment that they’ve made to their new data centers here ... Read More»

The CoMuseum: Virtual International Conference and Workshops

On December 2-4, the U.S. Embassy in Greece, in partnership with the Benaki Museum and the British Council, will present the 10th International CoMuseum Conference. The event will take place in a digital format this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference is organized in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Athen and the Ambassade de ... Read More»

Open Doors 2020: More American Students are Choosing to Study in Greece

Greece moved up two places and is now ranked 12th globally for study abroad destinations for U.S. students (it was ranked 14th in 2019, and 17th in 2018), with 5,834 U.S. students studying in Greece for the 2018/19 academic year, compared to 5,223 the previous year. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Message for The Hellenic Initiative’s Gala

Ambassador Pyatt: "In 2021, we’re going to be launching a new joint program focused on mentorship of young entrepreneurs.  And since we’re in an election year in the United States, I want to say an added “thank you” to all my friends in the Greek American diaspora for the work that you do every day ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Opening Remarks for Hamilton Virtual Discussion

Ambassador Pyatt: "Hamilton is a reminder that history matters, and as an amateur historian myself, I appreciated that. But what I really appreciated is that Hamilton is just a wonderful story, fantastic music, the way in which it blends Broadway traditions with hip hop, and I’m sure all of the panelists and experts will do a much better job ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at ELIAMEP Online Discussion: “E.U.-U.S. Relations After the U.S. Elections: A Restart?” 

Ambassador Pyatt: "As a career official, I have an obligation now to stand aside while the process plays itself out, but I have to say, as American Ambassador to Greece, I was really deeply touched by the outpouring of congratulations that I received on Saturday, both public and private, from Greek political leaders, from everyday ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Conversation with Alexia Tasouli Thessaloniki Summit

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 4:00 p.m. Alexia Tasouli: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. The Ambassador and I were supposed to be in Thessaloniki today, but because of COVID restrictions, we will join the summit online, and we hope to have an interesting discussion. Mr. Ambassador, thank you for participating in the Thessaloniki Summit this year, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: Patras RouteLab on Entrepreneurship (Virtual Event)

Ambassador Pyatt:"A few years ago, when I started working on the Thessaloniki Fair and talking to American tech companies about Thessaloniki, they would ask, “Where is that?” And nobody really thought of Greece as having a significant role in the knowledge-based economy of the world.  That’s not the case anymore, and in fact, what U.S. ... Read More»

Ceasefire in Libya

Secretary Pompeo (Oct. 26, 2020) - "We welcome the announcement of Libyans signing a nationwide, immediate ceasefire agreement at the UN-facilitated 5+5 Joint Military Commission talks in Geneva on October 23.  We commend Libyan leadership on all sides for taking this courageous step.  We also appreciate the vital role the UN Acting Special Representative of ... Read More»

CoMuseum – Leadership in Challenging Times

The CoMuseum International Conference is organising a series of digital conversations entitled Leadership in Challenging Times with local and international experts from museums and other cultural organisations. The digital conversations will take place in September and October 2020, and will be convened by the CoMuseum main partners: the Benaki Museum, the British Council and the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the AUSA 2020 7th Hellenic Pavilion Roundtable Discussion

Ambassador Pyatt: "America’s strategy with Greece is founded on the concept that we seek to bolster Greece and Greece’s role as a pillar of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Western Balkans, a country that shares strategic interests with the United States, that shares values, and is well poised, as it emerges from a ... Read More»

Statement on the Verdict of the Murder Trial of Dr. Suzanne Eaton

Torrey Goad Spokesperson, U.S. Embassy Athens October 13, 2020 We welcome today’s verdict in the trial of the horrific murder last year in Crete of U.S. citizen Dr. Suzanne Eaton. We are deeply saddened by this tragic and inexcusable loss of life. We again offer our deep condolences to Dr. Eaton’s family and many friends. We ... Read More»

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo Travel to Greece, September 28-29, 2020

In Greece, Secretary Pompeo met with Prime Minister Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Dendias to renew our shared commitment to advance security, peace, and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean and celebrate the strongest U.S.-Greek relationship in decades. In Thessaloniki, the Secretary signed a bilateral science and technology agreement, and hosted energy sector business leaders for a ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo And Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis Joint Press Statements After Their Meeting

REMARKS TO THE PRESS HELLENIC HANGAR 340 CRETE, GREECE September 29, 2020 PRIME MINISTER MITSOTAKIS:  (Via translator) Ladies and gentlemen, dear friends, it is with great pleasure that we’re welcoming here in Crete the Secretary of State of the U.S. Mike Pompeo.  It is his second visit to Greece in the past months, and following my trip ... Read More»

U.S.-Greece Science and Technology Agreement Fact Sheet

September 28, 2020 - The U.S.-Greece Science and Technology Agreement was signed by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Greece’s Minister of Development and Investments Adonis Georgiadis, accompanied by U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios and Deputy Minister of Development and Investments Christos Dimas at a ceremony in Thessaloniki, Greece, on September 28, ... Read More»

Joint Statement Regarding the High-Level Review of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue

Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias and U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo conducted a high-level review of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue on September 28, 2020, in anticipation of the third Strategic Dialogue to be held in Washington, DC in 2021. The United States and Greece reaffirm their commitment to the Strategic Dialogue ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo Travels to Greece to Advance Security, Peace, and Prosperity

September 27, 2020 - Secretary Pompeo will travel to Thessaloniki and Crete, Greece, September 28-30, 2020, where he will meet with Prime Minister Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Dendias to renew our shared commitment to advance security, peace, and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans, as well as celebrate the strongest U.S.-Greek relationship in ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Greece, Italy, the Holy See, and Croatia

September 24, 2020 - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Greece, Italy, the Holy See, and Croatia September 27 to October 2. In Greece, Secretary Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Dendias to renew our shared commitment to advance security, peace, and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean and celebrate ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Press Statement at Elefsina Shipyard 

Ambassador Pyatt: "As we were coming up from Piraeus this afternoon, my friend Nikos Vernikos was pointing out to everybody the upcoming anniversary of the Battle of Salamis, which is a reminder of the 2,500 years of maritime history that Greece has.  This shipyard is an important reflection of that history, but also an illustration ... Read More»

Conversation with Ambassador Pyatt, Olympia Forum

Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt Alexia Tasouli – Olympia Forum September 19, 2020 Alexia Tasouli: Thank you, Ambassador, again, for the privilege to have this conversation with you again, online this time. Ambassador Pyatt: Thank you, Alexia. I’m really delighted to be able to do it. Like you, I’m really sorry not to be in Olympia on ... Read More»

U.S. Government Delegation to Travel to Greece, Kosovo, Serbia, and Israel

September 20, WASHINGTON— A U.S. government delegation led by U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Chief Executive Officer Adam Boehler will travel to Athens, Greece; Pristina, Kosovo; Belgrade, Serbia; and Jerusalem, Israel from September 20 through September 25 to advance economic cooperation and development. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview to “Naftika Chronika”

Ambassador Pyatt: "Greek shipping is a vital enabler of global trade, and we greatly value this aspect of our relationship, including the leading Greek shipping companies that are listed on the New York stock exchange. The strong U.S.-Greece maritime relationship is also driving for greater American investment and trade, particularly in the energy sector." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at The Economist Greek Government Roundtable

Ambassador Pyatt: "First of all, let me say what a pleasure it is to be back. Congratulations to The Economist for building a really all-star morning focused on regional security and defense issues, and I think it’s terrific that you’ll wind up this morning with Minister Hatzidakis talking about the energy security issues because that’s an ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AmCham HealthWorld Conference 2020 

Ambassador Pyatt: "Greece’s performance over the past several months has won praise from partners and media around the world, and the government has continued to make investments to strengthen the healthcare system, including increased staffing, ICU capacity, and social support.  Until a vaccine is developed, this is our world.  We must continue to act responsibly, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for TechCamp Thessaloniki Virtual Discussion “Empowering Women Entrepreneurs”

Ambassador Pyatt: "Certainly in my experience over the past four years, some of the most inspiring and impressive young entrepreneurs I’ve met in Greece happen to be women. They are people who are carving their own path in industries that will define the future of our knowledge-based economy. " Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview to Kathimerini’s “K” Magazine

His fondness for Greece is not a diplomatic gimmick. “For me, in many ways, coming to Greece was like coming home,” he says. “When we first came, my wife [Mary Pyatt] and I took a walk along the coastline around Glyfada and I remember just how wonderful it was looking at the sun slowly dropping ... Read More»

Labor Day 2020

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, September 7, 2020 in observance of Labor Day, a U.S. national holiday Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview to Real News

Ambassador Pyatt: "The U.S.-Greece relationship is at a historic, all-time high. Our enhanced relationship with Greece is based on common goals and a considered strategy that recognizes the return of great power competition to the Eastern Mediterranean. Greece is a pillar of stability and a key NATO Ally when it comes to halting expanding Russian ... Read More»

U.S. Bombers & Allied Aircraft Integrate to Fly Over All 30 NATO Nations in a Day

In a unique spin on regularly recurring Bomber Task Force (BTF) missions in Europe, six U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers will fly over all 30 NATO nations in Europe and North America on Aug. 28. This single-day mission titled Allied Sky is intended to demonstrate NATO solidarity, enhance readiness and provide training opportunities ... Read More»

Ambassador Statement following Meeting with Governor Tzitzikostas

August 27, 2020 Καλησπέρα! Let me first say what an exciting day today is as I’m here in Thessaloniki to help introduce our new Consul General, Liz Lee, somebody who is highly regarded in our diplomatic service, and most importantly, like me, is a Californian, with the sense of optimism and future orientation that is ... Read More»

Readout of Call between President Trump and Prime Minister Mitsotakis

Judd Deere, White House Deputy Press Secretary August 26, 2020 Today, President Donald J. Trump spoke with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Greece. President Trump expressed concern over increased tension between NATO allies Greece and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean. President Trump reaffirmed that Greece and Turkey must commit to dialogue, which is the only ... Read More»

Ambassador Statement to Media with Deputy Minister Karaoglou 

Ambassador Statement to Media with Deputy Minister Karaoglou Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 3:00 p.m.   Καλησπέρα, good afternoon, everybody.  Let me first of all say thank you to the Minister for the very warm welcome.  Also, congratulations on the completion of the first year of the new government, and also my congratulations for the smart approach that the government continues ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt and Consul General Lee’s Statements to Media with Mayor Zervas 

Ambassador Pyatt and Consul General Lee’s Statements to Media with Mayor Zervas Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 2:00 p.m.   Ambassador Pyatt: Hello, everybody.  Let me say first of all, thank you, Mayor Zervas, as always, for the fantastically warm welcome here in Thessaloniki.  It’s a particular pleasure for me to be back here today to introduce Liz Lee, our new Consul ... Read More»

DCM David Burger’s Remarks at Half the Picture Screening Beyond Borders International Documentary Festival, Castellorizo

Monday, August 25, 2020 Thank you so much, Irini. It’s a real honor to be here. We’re really honored as the U.S. Embassy to sponsor Half the Picture. A great thanks to the Hellenic History Foundation for this terrific event. Beyond Borders is of course challenging us to think beyond our borders, think beyond our ... Read More»

UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

FACT SHEET OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON AUGUST 21, 2020 As Posted on The United States is leading the global response to COVID-19 with foreign assistance funding. The U.S. Government (USG) has allocated $20.5 billion for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and other foreign assistance. Our global efforts build upon decades of U.S. ... Read More»

DCM David Burger’s Remarks on Opening Night of Beyond Borders International Documentary Festival

Καλησπέρα σας! Good evening. Thank you Tasos, thank you Irini. Distinguished Secretary General, Distinguished Deputy Mayor of Castellorizo, it’s a great honor to be here. My team did some checking when we decided that I would make this trip to Castellorizo to see when the last time was that any official from the U.S. embassy visited ... Read More»

Travel Advisory: Greece – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Reconsider travel to Greece due to COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19 page  before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Greece due to COVID-19. Greece has resumed most transportation options, (including airport operations and re-opening of some land-border crossing) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions ... Read More»

U.S. Mission to Greece and Found.ation host TechCamp Thessaloniki: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs

Athens – The U.S. Mission to Greece is pleased to announce a partnership with Found.ation to host “TechCamp Thessaloniki: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs” September 6-8, 2020 at the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair. Supporting female-led startups and creating equal opportunities for women in the entrepreneurship ecosystem are the goals of “TechCamp Thessaloniki.” Read More»

Αmbassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Alexandroupoli Port

Ambassador Pyatt:"Alexandroupoli plays a strategic role in our countries’ common goal of building European energy and regional security. The city is poised to become a regional energy hub with the completed market test for the FSRU terminal and plans for a gas-fired GE power plant; a transportation, defense, and security hub with the geostrategic location ... Read More»

Readout of Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper’s Phone Call With Greek Minister of Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos

July 21, 2020 Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper spoke by phone today with Greek Minister of Defense Nikos Panagiotopoulos to reaffirm the strong defense relationship between the United States and Greece. The Secretary thanked Minister Panagiotopoulos for hosting U.S. forces at Souda Bay, and for our strong bilateral cooperation.  This is marked, most recently, by ... Read More»

Health Alert:  U.S. Embassy Athens – update on travel restrictions

U.S. citizens residing in the United States are currently not permitted to enter Greece for non-essential travel, which includes tourism, unless you have an EU passport or meet one of the very narrow exceptions detailed on the Greek Embassy in Washington, DC’s posted  information on entrance into the European Union/Schengen Area .  There is no projected date as to when entry will be ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Blink Charging Hellas’ e-Vehicle Charging Network Event

Ambassador Pyatt: "I want to assure you that the United States will continue to partner with Greece on its sustainability initiatives, and I certainly look forward to seeing more electric vehicles on Greek roads and Blink charging stations across the country – of course here in Athens but also in Thessaloniki" Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at DCN Forum “The World After COVID-19: Digital Troubleshooting”

Ambassador Pyatt:"I am especially proud of the roles that American technology and science have played in helping to shape the Greek response to COVID-19. From startups 3D-printing personal protective equipment for hospital workers and first responders, to businesses embracing telework to maintain operations, to families connecting virtually across miles and borders, technology has been central ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s 2020 Athens College Commencement Address

Ambassador Pyatt: "So remember, America stands with you. We look forward to your bicentennial next year in 2021 as an opportunity to celebrate the shared democratic values that legions of Greeks and Americans have pledged to uphold and defend. The United States has stood with Greece as a friend and an ally through difficult times ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Rutgers “Trophy-Τροφή Challenge” Virtual Event

Ambassador Pyatt: "With the health crisis behind us, one of the U.S. Embassy’s top priorities now is to support Greece’s economic recovery.  We firmly believe that one of the best means of achieving this goal is by cultivating Greek entrepreneurship and innovation." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s ACS Athens Graduation Video Message

June 22, 2020 Thank you, Dr. Pelonis, for the kind introduction. University of Illinois at Chicago President Dr. Amiridis, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mr. Sabbagh, distinguished guests, faculty and staff of the American Community School, parents, family, and friends, and most importantly, members of the graduating class of 2020, I’m honored to welcome ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AmCham East Med Act and 3+1 in Age of COVID-19

Ambassador Pyatt: "So our work together with Greece, Israel, and Cyprus brings together three democracies, three countries that enjoy a strong, dynamic relationship with the United States for us to work together on. That was Secretary Pompeo’s message when he went to Jerusalem last spring to launch the 3+1 process with all three leaders." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Junior Achievement Awards Ceremony

Ambassador Pyatt: "I’m really glad as well that I’m joined this afternoon by Minister Digalakis from the Ministry of Education and, of course, my friend, Minister of Digital Governance Kyriakos Pierrakakis. I think it’s fantastic that the Ministry of Education has been so supportive of JA, and that sends a really good signal about the ... Read More»

Fulbright Greece: Message from U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt

As the U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic, I want to commend Fulbright Greece on its response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After the State Department issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory on March 19 and the Fulbright Program was suspended for all U.S. participants, Artemis and her team at Fulbright ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Op-Ed for “Ta Nea”

The U.S. and Greece: Partners in the Pandemic and the Day After Saturday,  May 2, 2020 Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, our team at the U.S. Embassy has been working closely with the Greek government to ensure that we will be able to maintain the momentum in our economic relationship once the crisis is behind us.  Greece’s effective management of the pandemic, including itsinnovative and successful drive to ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Discussion with TV Journalists

April 15, 2020 (Transcript from Skype Call) Ambassador Pyatt:  Good afternoon everybody.  Kalo Pascha.  It’s great to see everyone healthy.  I’m really glad that we’re able to do this, and I want to thank everybody for being so flexible as we work with these new tools.  At the Embassy we have tried to be very, very respectful of the Prime Minister’s ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt: Greek Investor Guide, Video-Part 1

Greece Investing in Strategic Projects in Greece Video Transcript Published March 20, 2020 It’s been a very dynamic three years in Greece. Most importantly Greece has gone from being a source of problems to a source of solutions in the wider region. The economy after a long crisis has begun to recover. The banking system ... Read More»

Presidential Proclamation on Greek Independence Day 2020

Our great American experiment was inspired by the ideas about liberty, self-government, and the rule of law that traced their roots to ancient Greece. On Greek Independence Day, we commemorate the rich history shared between the United States and Greece, which is fortified by our love of freedom and commitment to democratic institutions. We join ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview to SKAI TV

Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt  Skai TV, journalist Apostolos Mangiriadis February 19, 2020 Skai TV: Mr. Ambassador, thank you for joining Skai’s nightly newscast. Ambassador Pyatt: Thank you for having me. Skai TV: Let me start the discussion with an issue that has monopolized the public discourse over the last few months, and I’m talking about the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks and Press Statement at Visit to Stefanovikio

Ambassador Pyatt: "So as we look forward next year to welcoming the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade for the next rotation in support of Atlantic Resolve, I know that we will be seeing opportunities to further deepen these ties between our allied nations, but also to develop the capacity of American forces, which enables the U.S. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Athens is supporting the 2020 STEM STARS GREECE competition

The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with SciCo, is excited to announce that 100mentorsnetwork will be joining STEM STARS GREECE, adding their skills-building expertise to this initiative and that we have therefore extended the deadline for Greek students to apply for this prestigious program. In December, we announced the launch of the STEM STARS GREECE competition with ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Propeller Club Pita Cutting Ceremony

The all-time high in U.S.-Greece relations and the tremendous bipartisan support that our relationship enjoys in Washington reflects significantly on our longtime partnership with the Propeller Club. So I’d like to thank Costis and the Board for the fantastic cooperation over the past year and look ahead at our goals for 2020. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Presentation of Community Service Network Donation to Neos Voutzas/Mati Athletic Center

I will always remember that night in July of 2018 when the fires happened. I grew up in Southern California, so I grew up very familiar with the problem of wildfires, and in San Diego, my hometown, just like in Greece, because of climate change, and because of how weather is becoming more extreme, we’re ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s interview to ERT Journalist Dimitris Apokis

January 13, 2020 ERT:  Ambassador, thank you very much for the opportunity — Ambassador Pyatt:  I’m delighted. ERT:  — to talk with us about the important visit of the Prime Minister in Washington. You were there.  You were part of the meetings with President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, other senior administration officials.  Give us your prospective ... Read More»

White House Readout from the meeting between President Trump and Prime Minister Mitsotakis

January 7, 2020 Today, President Donald J. Trump met with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of Greece at the White House. The two leaders discussed their nations’ joint efforts as key North Atlantic Treaty Organization Allies to promote security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. They also discussed Greece’s efforts to improve its business climate ... Read More»

Secretary Mike R. Pompeo at Reception in Honor of Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Mrs. Mitsotakis

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE BEN FRANKLIN ROOM WASHINGTON, D.C. JANUARY 8, 2020 SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, thank you. Good evening, everyone. Kalispera. Yeah? All right. One for one. (Laughter.) I want to welcome my guests: The prime minister of the Hellenic Republic, my friend, Prime Minister Mitsotakis – welcome – and his wife, Mareva. Right over there, Mareva, good to see you ... Read More»

STEM STARS GREECE: Searching for Greek Science Stars

The U.S. Embassy in Athens and Greek nonprofit organization SciCo, are organizing for the first time in Greece, the STEM STARS GREECE competition with the aim of supporting, highlighting, and rewarding 14 to 18-year-old students with a special inclination towards science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The winners of the competition will receive special prizes, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt Interview to Armed Forces Network

December 9, 2019 Souda Bay AFN: How you would describe the current Greek-American military relations in 2019 and how does NSA Souda Bay support that mission? Ambassador Pyatt: So, we are at a high point in terms of the U.S. – Greece military relationship. That was reflected in October when Secretary of State Pompeo was ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview with

AmCham Greek Economic Summit December 3, 2019, 10:00 a.m. Interviewer: Mr. Ambassador, welcome and thank you for being with us at CNN Greece. We are in the Economic Summit of the American-Hellenic Chamber, about the economy, and let’s start with economy. According to recent data, bilateral commercial relationships between Greece and the United States have ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at the 13th Annual Corporate Communications Conference

Ambassador Pyatt (Dec. 6, 2019) - "Across all sectors from innovation and energy to shipping and tourism, American companies are seeing that Greece’s return is real, and companies are succeeding here due to the combination of a highly skilled yet affordable labor force, Greece’s wealth of natural resources, its prime geostrategic location, and the political ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Envipco Plant Inauguration

Ambassador Pyatt (Dec. 5, 2019) - "Both our countries are working to develop a circular economy, where the goal is to minimize waste by maximizing the recovery and reuse of materials.  This is not just a defensive measure for our planet, but an opportunity for large-scale investment in an area where U.S. companies benefit from ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at ONEX Syros Shipyard Inauguration

Ambassador Pyatt (Dec. 4, 2019) -"Onex’s investment in the Neorion Shipyards builds on a long history of U.S.-Greece ties in the maritime sector.  And the U.S. government views Neorion as an important American investment – strategically, commercially, and symbolically.  And I think the fact that the Onex investment began under the Syriza government and has ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement to Press with Minister Georgiadis at AmCham Greek Economic Summit

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 Ambassador Pyatt: Καλημέρα σας. I just want to emphasize the point I made in my remarks about the critical importance of Prime Minister Mitsotakis’s invitation to Washington, D.C. for January 7th, and the fantastic opportunity that represents to get the word out about how Greece has changed over the past months, about the ... Read More»

U.S. and Greece Mark Significant Increase in Educational Exchanges

ATHENS, November 19, 2019 – According to the Open Doors 2019 survey findings, published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the number of Greek students studying in the U.S.A. increased 5.3% during the 2018/19 academic year, while the number of U.S. students in Greece increased 20% during the 2017/18 academic year. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s remarks at Foreign Affairs International Conference on Religious Diplomacy

The United States is committed to working with Greece and other democratic partners to defend religious freedom abroad.  That’s why the Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback visited Greece in May, and why we appreciated Foreign Minister Dendias’ participation in the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.  This was the largest-ever human rights conference, ... Read More»

Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer Roundtable

On the record November 6, 2019 DAS Palmer:  I’ll start maybe with just a few thoughts up front.  It’s a real pleasure and a privilege to be back here in Athens.  The U.S.-Greek relationship is phenomenally strong.  It’s the strongest in my memory.  I think it’s the strongest in the memory of anyone who’s working ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at StartUpNow Forum

Ambassador Pyatt: "First of all, let me say what a pleasure it is to be here.  I always find it enormously encouraging to see how much is happening in the Greek startup space, and it’s a real pleasure for me to be here with my Dutch and Norwegian counterparts and to talk about a little ... Read More»

Remarks by A/S Reeker at the U.S. – Greece Strategic Dialogue

A/S Reeker: "Greece is a key ally and partner of the United States, and as Secretary Pompeo has just said two days ago here in Athens, Greece is a pillar of stability in this region. When we launched the Strategic Dialogue process last December, we were making a strategic investment in the relationship between the ... Read More»

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis Remarks to the Press

Secretary Pompeo: "That economic pillar is part of the Strategic Dialogue that we’re here to be part of, but there’s also the fact that Greece can play an important strategic role here in the region. This is a dynamic region with lots going on. There’s lots of change taking place and we are very confident ... Read More»

USCIS to Close the Athens Field Office

September 26, 2019 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS will permanently close its field office in Athens, Greece, on Nov. 15, 2019.  The last day the office will accept applications/petitions and be open to the public is Sept. 30. The U.S. Embassy Greece in Athens will assume responsibility for certain limited services previously provided by ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview to Thraki Net

The funding, $2.3 million for the removal of the sunken dredger, is being provided by the U.S. Army in Europe.  It reflects our desire to continue cooperating very closely with our Greek military counterparts to take advantage of Alexandroupolis as a location to facilitate the transit of U.S. military goods and equipment between Greece and elsewhere ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Welcome Reception for 2019-2020 U.S. Fulbright Grantees

I would encourage you to think of yourselves as Ambassadors for the United States, for what we represent, for our values, for our tolerance, for our traditions, but also take advantage of this fantastic opportunity that you have. This is a magical country with an incredibly rich culture, a fantastically welcoming society, and literally millennia ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 7th Regional Growth Conference, Western Greece

The United States government wants to do everything that it can to assist in Greece’s full economic recovery, which is why I am here today to highlight the great potential I see in this beautiful and economically significant region of Greece.  Or, as my friends at Pelopponisos wrote back in May, I want to share ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: Alexandroupoli Port Press Conference

Alexandroupoli is a crucial link to European energy security, regional stability, and economic growth, so it makes sense that the United States and Greece have chosen here to work together to advance our shared security and economic interests. This project to remove the sunken dredger “Olga” is proof of our commitment to the US-Greece alliance.  ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: Alexandroupolis Port

Alexandrouplis Port Fact Sheet Port Facts: The port of Alexandroupoli is well positioned to support exercises in the region due to its existing infrastructure and strategic location. As allied and partner nations continue our extensive training programs in the region, the ports in Greece are of significant importance for the flow of personnel and equipment. ... Read More»

Grow with Google Presentation: Remarks by DCM David Burger

The “Grow with Google” project aligns with U.S. efforts at TIF 2019 to share our expertise in entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology.  One of the main ways that we are supporting Greece’s economic recovery is by supporting Greek entrepreneurs and disseminating important digital skills. Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Pyatt at Thales Awards Event

I see in Greece the same highly educated, curious, creative human capital and the same wealth of natural resources as in my home state, which is why the U.S. Embassy has made continued, concerted efforts to help grow Greece’s entrepreneurial sector and encourage U.S. investment and partnerships with Greek companies. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s remarks at ONEX event at TIF

Today there are 400 workers and hundreds more citizens of Syros who are in a stable employment situation because the shipyard has come back to life.  But equally important, this strategic asset is in the hands of an American company. So this is a win/win for everybody.  For Greece, for Greece’s long maritime traditions, but ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AmCham Southeast Europe Energy Forum

The United States is grateful for Greece’s leadership as the guardian and regional integrator of European energy security and diversification.  With the 4.5 billion euro Trans Adriatic Pipeline close to completion and the construction of the Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria commencing shortly, energy projects are driving opportunities in northern Greece, creating jobs while enhancing Greece’s regional ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AmCham TIF Press Conference

"We are very pleased to return to the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair and to join Ambassador Jain in India’s celebration as Honored Country.  Our renewed presence at TIF 2019 will focus on sharing American experiences and expertise in entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology through a series of events, keeping alive the “agora of ideas” which was ... Read More»

Rewards for Justice: Information on ISIS Kidnapping Networks

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information on ISIS kidnapping networks or the people responsible for kidnapping Christian clerics Maher Mahfouz, Michael Kayyal, Gregorios Ibrahim, Bolous Yazigi, and Paolo Dall’Oglio. These rewards are being offered at an important moment in our fight ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 23rd Economist Government Roundtable

Greece has persevered through immense challenges while maintaining its democracy, rejecting extremism, and now paving the way for further economic growth. Importantly for my government, Greece has also transformed from being a source of problems to a source of solutions for the strategically important region of the Eastern Mediterranean. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the 4th of July Celebration in Thessaloniki

But in the midst of all these changes, I think it’s important to emphasize what will not change: the lasting commitment of both the United States and Greece to deepening our bilateral relationship.  I was in Washington last month, and I’m happy to report that stock in the U.S.-Greece relationship is higher than it’s ever ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at ACG Deree Commencement Opening Remarks

You, Deree, and millions of others form the people-to-people ties that weave our nations closer together than ever before. And on a personal note, my Embassy and I are grateful for the smart, driven Deree students we host each year as Embassy interns. We welcome and depend on their contributions to advance our bilateral relationship. Read More»

American Literature @Athens American Center

The U.S. Embassy in Athens will hold a series of ten seminars on American Literature at its Athens American Center. This is a professional development program designed for high school teachers of the English and/or Greek language(s), graduate and post-graduate students of American literature. creative writing instructors, book club coordinators. Read More»

Workshop for Journalists from Greece and North Macedonia News agencies in Thessaloniki June 25-26

From June 25-26, the US Embassies in Greece and North Macedonia, the State Department’s Global Engagement Center (GEC), the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM), and the Centre for European Perspective, along with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA), co-hosted a workshop entitled “Empowering Journalists to Address Disinformation in Greece & North Macedonia” at HELEXPO in Thessaloniki. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 2019 Fulbright Foundation Awards Ceremony

As Fulbright enters its seventh decade with a new logo that, for me, evokes the magical blues of the Aegean Sea, it’s clear that Fulbright Greece is at the forefront of a dramatic rise in U.S.-Greece educational and cultural exchanges.  Over the past six years, the number of Americans studying in Greece has increased 80%, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Chinook and Kiowa Helicopter Arrival Ceremony

The Kiowas represent a different kind of opportunity: an important addition to Hellenic military capability at a tremendous savings. The Kiowas will cover an immediate gap in Greece’s attack and observation helicopter requirements and will further the Hellenic Army’s goal of establishing two operational aviation brigades, enabling stronger Greek participation in NATO and EU operations. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt Led Greek Business Delegation to Find Growth Opportunities in U.S.

“Investing in the United States is a great growth strategy for any Greek company, and as the Greek economy rebounds, I’m happy to see such wide interest,” said Ambassador Pyatt. “Greece had one of the largest delegations relative to its size and its biggest delegation ever this year, and I was proud to bring them to the U.S. ... Read More»

Memorial Day 2019

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, May 27, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day, a U.S. national holiday. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Inauguration of GE Wind Energy Park Kato Lakomata

Ambassador Pyatt, March 15 - The U.S. is the world’s leader at combining wind, solar, and storage technology and connecting it with existing grids, so I’m delighted that GE, as well as other American companies like Tesla are exploring opportunities in this sector of the Greek economy.  Increased use of renewables further diversifies sources of ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 7th Annual HAF Air Power Conference

Ambassador Pyatt, May 15 - "Building off of several years of intensive engagement, the Strategic Dialogue confirms the commitment of both the U.S. and Greece to institutionalize our cooperation in ways that transcend day-to-day politics in both of our democracies.  And that cooperation is more important now than ever. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Economic Chamber of Greece

The United States will continue to stand by Greece’s side as a steadfast partner in its economic recovery.  Building on several years of intensive engagement and the landmark success of last year’s Thessaloniki International Fair, our governments kicked off the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue in Washington last December to lock in the important shared gains in ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at the Unveiling of Monument in Honor of American Philhellene Dr. Howe

I am proud to be here today for the unveiling of this monument, which will be a reminder not only of a Greek and American hero, but of the ελευθερία and δημοκρατία that we hold dear and the enduring φιλία between our two nations. And as you approach your bicentennial in 2021, I expect we ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Gilman Scholars Regional Career Summit 2019

Across town at the American Farm School, the very impressive program called “New Agriculture for a New Generation” trains young people across Greece in the latest farming techniques and technologies while encouraging cooperation and innovation in the agro-food and alternative tourism sectors.  They are so important in Greek economy. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Article on NATO’s 70th Anniversary

When the NATO Treaty was signed on April 4, 1949, by the original twelve Allies, President Truman said they were “not only seeking to establish freedom from aggression and from the use of force in the North Atlantic community, but… striving to promote and preserve peace throughout the world.” That remains the collective aspiration of ... Read More»

Hellenic Army at Sandhurst Military Acacemy for the First Time

The Sandhurst competition is the world's premier international academy military skills competition that inspires excellence through rigorous and mental challenges. Chief First Sergeant Four Year Cadet Choupis Anastasios, Hellenic Army Academy, Greece, talks about the importance of building relationships with other countries. Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt at Iniohos 2019 exercise in Andravida

It’s very, very impressive to see how Iniohos has grown. It’s a fantastic illustration of the unique role that Greece is able to play because of your geography, the unique set of partners that Greece pulls together for this exercise, the unique opportunities to fly over water, high mountains, over a very large airspace, and ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Panhellenic Exporters Association Annual Conference

More broadly, Greece has so much potential to grow its goods and services exports, and one of the goals of the Strategic Dialogue that we launched in December between our two countries is to unlock that commercial potential to build lasting bridges of trade investment between our two countries. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Panorama of Entrepreneurship and Career Development

Following our presence at the Thessaloniki Fair, the U.S. and Greece launched our Strategic Dialogue in December.  This initiative reflects a U.S. decision to make a significant investment in our relationship with Greece, to lock in and expand the important gains in our bilateral relationship – including on economic collaboration in areas like energy, trade ... Read More»

On the Occasion of Greek National Day

Secretary Pompeo (March 25, 2019) - The United States and Greece have enjoyed enduring friendship and cooperation embedded in our shared democratic values and common interests. We work together to promote trade and investment, regional stability and security, and the diversification of energy resources. Read More»

Joint Declaration Between Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and the U.S. After the 6th Trilateral Summit

The governments of the United States, the State of Israel, the Hellenic Republic, and the Republic of Cyprus met yesterday in Jerusalem to affirm their shared commitment to promoting peace, stability, security, and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Secretary Pompeo underlined U.S. support for the trilateral mechanism established by Israel, Greece, and Cyprus, noting ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Launch of Public Awareness Campaign

I’ve often pointed out during my time as Ambassador to Greece, that the foundation of our bilateral relationship, is the people-to-people ties.  And now,  through this series of profiles that we’re going to be launching in Greek media starting tomorrow,  we aim to demonstrate our dedication to building bridges across the Atlantic that deepen our ... Read More»


Thirteen startups representing the best of the best in the Greek ecosystem have been selected to travel to Austin, Texas to participate in the iconic technology, innovation and entrepreneurship festival “South by Southwest” (SXSW®) from March 8-17, 2019, with the support of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, The Hellenic Initiative and the ... Read More»

DCM’s remarks at STRIVE Conference and Study Launch

Human trafficking is a pernicious crime that transcends national boundaries.  In my previous assignment representing the United States at the OSCE, where I know Mr. Moskoff has also been working diligently on this issue, I supported efforts to strengthen international cooperation against human trafficking. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement at Thessaloniki Port

 I remain convinced that the greatest beneficiaries of the Prespes Agreement are going to be right here in Northern Greece as Thessaloniki is restored to its historic role as the capital of the Balkans, the gateway for the Western Balkans to global markets, and the Thessaloniki port is obviously a key part of that and I’m glad we’re able to make ... Read More»

American Film Showcase

Athens – The U.S. Embassy Athens, in collaboration with the Exile Room, again welcomes to Greece the American Film Showcase, a multifaceted exploration of American documentary and a unique partnership with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. The program features award-winning films from the past two years, along with workshops and special ... Read More»

#DisinfoWeek Europe – Athens

The U.S. Embassy in Athens, together with the U.S. Mission to the European Union, the Atlantic Council, and diaNEOsis, will launch #DisinfoWeek Europe, a week-long series of strategic dialogues focused on the global challenge of disinformation, with a public event in Athens. Additional events will take place in Madrid and Brussels on March 5-8. Read More»

Presidents’ Day

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 18, 2019 in observance of Presidents’ Day.  This holiday marks the birthdays of U.S. Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AmCham Pita Cutting event in Thessaloniki

I’ve had the good fortune today in Thessaloniki to discuss the economic and commercial opportunities we see with a wide range of friends and contacts to talk about the possibilities for northern Greece as an energy hub, an exporter of security and stability, and a business gateway to the wider region. I leave with a ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Greek Acting Foreign Minister George Katrougalos

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Greek Acting Foreign Minister George Katrougalos launched the inaugural U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue today at the State Department.  The two reaffirmed their commitment to deepen bilateral cooperation in key areas for the mutual benefit of both countries. Read More»

Joint Statement Regarding the Inaugural United States-Greece Strategic Dialogue

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 13, 2018 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Greece on the occasion of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue. Begin Text: The Governments of the United States and Greece held the inaugural U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue in Washington, D.C. ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Pratt and Whitney and Aegean Airlines Signing Ceremony

As Greece emerges from its economic crisis, Aegean continues to play a vitally important role in facilitating new business and tourism growth, which will ultimately help Greece to get back on its feet. Ambassador Pyatt - "As part of the U.S. support for Greece’s economic recovery and Greece’s ability to attract foreign investment, I always ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at The Greek Economy Conference 2018

I believe that the momentum from the TIF will be realized across all of these sectors. While I will continue to be a strong advocate for strong bilateral trade and commercial ties, success in attracting American investors to Greece ultimately depends on the policies and decisions that the government is going to take in the ... Read More»

Visit of Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Neumann to Greece

 In the context of our ongoing law enforcement and counterterrorism cooperation as well as our preparations for the inaugural U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue next month, Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary (A/S) for Threat Prevention and Security Policy Elizabeth Neumann visited Athens and Chios from November 26-29.  Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Opening of Museum Conference

Ambassador Pyatt: "Collaborations and synergies have the power to bring together diverse resources: from audiences and volunteers, to funding. Collaborations are also a form of capital for cultural organizations. They make museums more open and equitable, and representative of their communities." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Snow Club Greece

I’m also very excited about the partnerships in the business area that are emerging between Greece and major American tourism services providers, the expansion of U.S. hotel brands across the country, big new investments and acquisitions like AVIS, and the possibilities for increased direct air flights from the United States. So there is an obvious ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s standup interview on Alpha TV, Thessaloniki Summit

The Strategic Dialogue that we’re conducting in Washington is precisely intended to help us do a better job of synchronizing and exchanging views on strategic developments at a time when strategic competition has returned to the Eastern Mediterranean in a really important and unprecedented way. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: Movies on the Lawn

The TIF was a fantastic opportunity to highlight the breadth and the depth of the U.S-Greece relationship, to reaffirm our support for Greece’s economic recovery, but also to put a bright spotlight to some of the most dynamic aspects of our relationship - the technology, entrepreneur and startup relationship, our defense and security relationship and ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: Reception for the 70th Anniversary of AWOG

Ambassador Pyatt (Sept. 21, 2018) - "We’re very proud at the embassy to recognize the many contributions that AWOG makes.  You’ve provided crucial support to Greek and American communities here in Athens for seven decades, which is longer than I’ve been alive, I’m glad to say.  As one of the oldest women’s organizations in Greece, ... Read More»

Jeffrey Eugenides in Athens and Thessaloniki!

The Pulitzer Prize winning, Greek-American author Jeffrey Eugenides is visiting Athens in the as part of the celebrations for the “Athens 2018 – World Book Capital” organized by the Municipality of Athens, with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the Embassy of the United States of America. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: National Hellenic Research Foundation, USATIF 2018

I’ve traveled a lot around Greece over the past two years. I’ve been honored to visit the Technology Park in Patras, for instance, which is a fantastic example of exactly what you’re talking about -- building bridges between academia and the marketplace and creating opportunities to leverage Greece’s very strong human capital base. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: Propeller Club, TIF 2018

September 15, 2018 Thessaloniki, USATIF 2018 Thank you for Simos, friends, my friend We’re honored to have the Vice President with us today. I’m delighted to be here. I’m especially delighted because this is happening in the context of the U.S. year as Honored Country at the Thessaloniki International Fair. This has been a landmark, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: The People’s Trust, TIF 2018

September 15, 2018 Ambassador Pyatt: First of all, thank you for having me here today. It’s a special pleasure for me to be here with all of The People’s Trust team. We’ve had a longstanding partnership. I know you were part of the Entrepreneurship Summit in India last November which was terrific. I just want ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks on board USS Mount Whitney, TIF2018

Ambassador Pyatt: I see the presence of the Mount Whitney today as an opportunity to celebrate that thriving alliance, but also to reaffirm together our commitment to building a Europe whole, free and at peace.  Our commitment to supporting an alliance to which we are both absolutely committed.  And our commitment to a continued high ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: “Grow Greek Tourism Online,” TIF 2018

Ambassador Pyatt: "I always say that Greece’s greatest resource is its people.  But after the people, you have such a special, special country in terms of culture, the food, the heritage.  And this Google Initiative offers a way to monetize that.  To help bring it to market in a way that will create economic opportunity, ... Read More»

Cybersecurity Conference: Remarks by DCM Kate Byrnes, TIF 2018

DCM Kate Byrnes: We are pleased to see this important set of issues included in the Thessaloniki International Fair program. It’s fitting that we do so when so many of our U.S. companies, including those represented at the fair, are leading the way in finding innovative solutions to this complex issue so that technological innovation ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: “American Art Everywhere,” TIF 2018

"I am especially proud of the fact that we are sharing America this week not just with the tens of thousands of visitors to the fair, but with all of the people of Thessaloniki.  From the airport to the promenade to this regional government building, we are thrilled to be able to share some iconic ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt Remarks at 3rd Export USA Forum, TIF 2018

The United States wants to be a preferred partner as that process unfolds, we have the most dynamic economy in the world today, and we have companies represented at the American Pavilion that are eager to work with their Greek counterparts to grow opportunities on both sides of the Atlantic recognizing, I think, ever more ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Tech.Olympus Summit, USATIF 2018

This program is part of the embassy’s effort to support that, to share experiences. Our U.S. innovators and I’m delighted that we’ve got people from the U.S. today, and also to reinforce what’s happening organically. I’m very excited about the fact that we have such a strong presence of U.S. knowledge economy companies at the American ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Welcome Remarks at the Southeast Europe Energy Forum

Tied to real progress in stronger regional connections, including the Greece-Bulgaria Interconnector, and wider efforts to strengthen economic ties and cooperation throughout the region, Greece and its neighbors have the capacity to achieve real transformation of the energy landscape, with enormous benefits for citizens and businesses alike. Read More»

83rd Thessaloniki International Fair Events

 In the context of the 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair, U.S. Embassy Athens is proud to bring digital communicators from four continents, American Art Masterpieces, innovation and technology programs to Thessaloniki Digital Influencers Hub Athens — The Digital Influencers Hub Forum is a two-day event that will focus on current trends and the latest developments in ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at TIF Press Conference

The Thessaloniki Fair will be the U.S. government’s signature effort in Greece in for the year of 2018, and it has enjoyed whole-of-government U.S. support. There was tremendous interest and excitement about this opportunity when I was in Washington last month. I expect we will have participation not just from a broad range of American ... Read More»

Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 5, 2018 Vice President Mike Pence congratulated Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the historic agreement with Skopje to resolve the long-standing name issue. He offered U.S. support for the agreement and its sustainable, successful implementation, and praised Prime Minister Tsipras’s leadership and courage ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at July 4th Celebration

We have stood together in every major conflict of the last two centuries. And now, as Greece begins the long process of recovery from an eight year economic crisis, the United States is committed to doing all that we can to help sustain a process of recovery – encouraging foreign investment, keeping a positive spotlight ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the THI Innovation and Entrepreneurship Talk with Kurt Heiar

Tapping into this entrepreneurial spirit, to drive investment, is critical to Greece’s success now as the country begins to emerge from 8 years of economic crisis. THI’s work and the EGG’s efforts to develop business leaders corresponds with one of the United States key objectives here: which is to support Greece’s economic recovery and the ... Read More»

«Education Unites: From Camp to Campus»: Scholarship program for 141 refugees

U.S. Embassy Athens proudly collaborated with The American College of Thessaloniki – Anatolia College, Deree – The American College of Greece Events, and Perrotis College – American Farm School, to provide higher education scholarships to 141 refugees in Athens and Thessaloniki. The idea was to give displaced young people the opportunity to attend college, which ... Read More»

Welcome Remarks By DCM Kate Byrnes Heritage Greece Program Event

June 22 - "It’s something that is important to all the work that we do here because the truth is the U.S.-Greece relationship, no matter what we do on the security, defense, or economic front, it’s built on the people to people relationships, and on the Greeks who love America and the Americans who love ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt speaks at 7th Annual Greek Investment Forum

We have an American policy, which is investing in our relationship with Greece, as part of the larger strategy to reinforce our relationship with Europe. We view Greece as a critical pillar of stability, an ally and a partner, that shares our interest across the broader region, including the Eastern Mediterranean, the Balkans and the ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at ACS Graduation Commencement

The ACS Mission statement outlines the aim of challenging all students to realize their unique potential: and to thrive as responsible global citizens. As someone who has lived abroad most of the past thirty years and has worked throughout my career to bring people and governments around the world closer together, I urge you to ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the 22nd Economist Government Roundtable

Ambassador Pyatt - "The United States has spent the last 70 years working with our European allies and friends to build peace, security, and prosperity on the foundation of a close and effective transatlantic partnership. Our relationship is rooted in enduring economic, political, and social ties – which together have ushered in a period of ... Read More»

Mindspace Finals Contest

On Sunday June 3, 2018  thirty University students participated in the Mindspace finals contest that  took place at Eugenides Foundation with the support of the U.S. Embassy and the participation of the Deputy Chief of Mission Kate Marie Byrnes. The Mindspace pitching competition gave the opportunity to more than 100 young graduates to receive training ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Panel Remarks at the Balkans and Black Sea Cooperation Forum

Ambassador Pyatt (June 1, 2018) - "Our shared efforts in expanding regional linkages, whether through improvements to Greece’s road network, development of throughput capacity in Greece’s ports, or bringing together businesses and people to take advantages of these opportunities to foster growth, prosperity, and development not just in Greece but throughout the wider region." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement to Journalists At 110 Battle Wing Larissa

May 31, 2018 Let me first say what a pleasure it is to be here in Larissa.  I want to say special thanks to Minister Kammenos, Admiral Apostolakis and General Christodoulou for inviting me to come along today. This visit is an opportunity for me to spend some time with the American personnel who are ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Message for “Greek News” initiative to promote Greek American tourism to Greece

Over the last two years, I’ve had the pleasure to explore Greece, from its cities to its islands, from its mountains to its archaeological sites and cultural gems. Reflecting on my travels in Greece, here’s my advice to Americans: dive deep into Greece and let yourself be amazed by the options available.  We learn from ... Read More»

8th Athens Open Air Festival

The U.S. Embassy in Athens proudly supports the 8th Athens Open Air Festival by featuring the critically – acclaimed 1995 “The Bridges of Madison” as the opening film of the festival. Clint Eastwood based the story of the film on the best-seller romance by Robert James Waller and transformed it into one of the most ... Read More»

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias

May 21, 2018 - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met today with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias at the Department of State.  Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kotzias discussed the excellent state of bilateral relations and agreed to establish a U.S.-Greek Strategic Dialogue on key areas of cooperation. Read More»

Recognizing the 197th anniversary of the independence of Greece

Agreed to Senate (05/15/2018) 115th CONGRESS 2d Session RES. 443 Recognizing the 197th anniversary of the independence of Greece and celebrating democracy in Greece and the United States. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 22, 2018 Mr. Menendez (for himself, Mr. Barrasso, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Murphy, Mr. Reed, Mr. Casey, Mr. Wyden, Mr. Van Hollen, Mr. Gardner, Mr. Enzi, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Coons, Mr. Booker, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Digital Economy Forum

The United States is committed to making 2018 America’s year in Greece, and I am confident that this is the year that Greece really will turn the page on its crisis period.  Technology and knowledge based industries will be key to this recovery, and I, and the U.S. Embassy, are commited to doing all that ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 2018 American Studies Seminar

First of all let me say what a real pleasure and an honor it is for me to be with you here at the American Studies Seminar. This Seminar is one of the embassy’s most longstanding public affairs programs, and it has a great reputation for helping us to share insights about the United States, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for ASTA Conference

For many Americans, a trip to Greece means visiting the Acropolis, going to Mykonos, and going to Santorini. And these are wonderful destinations, certainly worthy of their reputations as among the world’s premiere tourist attractions. But the best part of Greece, in my view, is the extraordinary combinations that this country offers -- sea, mountains, ... Read More»

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Athens, Greece (April 14, 2018)

Locations: Syntagma Square to the U.S. Embassy Athens Event: Greek leftist and anti-war groups plan to protest U.S. action in Syria with a march to the US Embassy starting at 1800, April 14, 2018. U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid the area. Actions to Take: -Avoid the area of the demonstration -Exercise caution ... Read More»

The Meeting of the U.S.-Greece High Level Consultative Committee on April 12, 2018

The High Level Consultative Committee (HLCC) is a regular dialogue between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Hellenic Ministry of National Defense, which Washington and Athens take turns hosting.  This week’s discussion was the 18th meeting of the HLCC, led on the U.S. side by Thomas W. Goffus, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy, and Jonathan Cohen, Deputy ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt participates in Historic Cycling Tour in Patras

Ambassador Pyatt together with bikers from the U.S. Embassy celebrated Greek Independence Day participating in the 41st Gyros Thysias (Tour of Sacrifice Race). The tour that starts at Patras and ends at the Holy Monastery of Aghia Lavra in Kalavryta is organized every year on March 25 by the Patras Cycling Club to honor the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview with “Vice Greece”

U.S. Ambassador Pyatt sat down for an on-camera interview with  VICE Greece  a few hours after finishing the 41st “tour of sacrifice” race starting from Patras and ending in Kalavryta, and discussed many issues ranging from bilateral and Greek-Turkish relations, his relationship with the government and the oposition, oligarchs, cannabis legalization, Giannis Antentokoumpo and so much more! ... Read More»

Hellenic Association of Pharmaceutical Companies (SFEE) General Assembly

Last year, AmCham Greece helped assemble an impressive delegation of Greek companies to SelectUSA, including many from the pharma sector. We look forward to similar collaboration on the next SelectUSA Summit, and so for those companies in Greece interested in exploring the U.S. market as a place to invest and grow, please -- “Save the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks during “Iniohos 2018” Multinational Exercise

I am delighted to be back in Andravida and very proud that we have the U.S. Air Force again participating so significantly in Iniohos '18.  This has become an important multinational exercise with broad participation from across Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean, which reflects our vision of Greece as a builder of bridges, as a ... Read More»

Presentation of 83rd TIF: Remarks by U.S. Consul General Rebecca Fong

During the presentation of 83rd Thessaloniki International Fail U.S. Consul General Rebecca Fong said: “First of course, is to celebrate the very best of American technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Those are characteristics that mark the competitive and dynamic parts of the U.S. economy, but also to get the message out to the international audience that ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for The SeaNation Conference

The size and global impact of the Greek shipping industry is a tremendous accomplishment, for which the Greek people are justifiably proud. But I’m also very proud of the role that the United States has played in helping to revitalize the Greek shipping industry following the devastation of World War II. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at “The Squeeze” event of Orange Grove

I’ve been saying to my staff at the U.S. Embassy, let’s find a way to partner with the Dutch Embassy on “The Squeeze” on the great work they’re doing in Orange Grove.  And I’m especially proud that we’re able to do so at tonight’s event which is not only a typical Orange Grove pitching competition, ... Read More»

“Dancing to Connect” Education Program 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Athens is happy to partner with the Onassis Cultural Center for the dance education program “Dancing to Connect” reaching 200 high school students in Athens and Chania.  In its sixth year, the program has reached over 1,100 students ages 13-18, and has travelled to five different cities around Greece.  Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at ACG’s Simulated Trading Room Opening

This trading room is going to offer a unique educational tool for students of DEREE’s Business School and the ALBA Graduate Business School.  The facility will serve as a laboratory and classroom which will replicate a real-world trading experience, providing students from Greece and the Balkans experience that they can use when they begin searching ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at BBG-ANA Signing Ceremony

It’s an important initiative for BBG to make available objective information pulled together by the U.S. broadcasters, but importantly also this agreement provides for the sharing of Athens News Agency material with the U.S. broadcasters.  And I hope that that will help to get the story of Greece out to a wider audience across Europe ... Read More»

College Year in Athens Students visit the U.S. Embassy

U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt greeted more than 100 American students at the start of their study abroad program with College Year in Athens.  The students from 50 U.S. universities received information about the U.S.-Greece bilateral relationship, careers in the U.S. Foreign Service, and good personal security practices for traveling abroad. Read More»

Athens and Thessaloniki Demonstrations and Strikes

Demonstrations for today, Wednesday, January 24   Athens Area Time:               12:00 Where:             U.S Embassy (91 Vas Sofias St) Who:                Kurds living in Greece   Time:               13:30 Where:             Ministry of Education (37 A. Papandreou St, Marousi, near “The Athens Mall”) Who:                Theater actors   Thessaloniki Area Time:                        15:30 Where:                      Thessaloniki Court House (5, 26th October St.) ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at 12th Annual “David Tiano” Lecture

We must redouble our efforts to prevent hate crimes.  Educational institutions and museums play one of the most essential roles in these efforts. And so I am an ardent supporter of the present Jewish Museum, which I recently highlighted as one Greece’s most important museums in a special tribute in Kathimerini.  Read More»

Operations During a Lapse in Appropriations

Emergency Alert January 20, 2018 Operations During a Lapse in Appropriations At this time, scheduled passport and visa services in the United States and at our posts overseas will continue during the lapse in appropriations as the situation permits.  This website will not be regularly updated until full operations resume, with the exception of emergency ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview to “European Business Review”

Interviewed by Athanasios Papandropoulos December 22, 2017 European Business Review: I would like to ask you according to several new events, what are your expectations of the future of the American-European relations? Ambassador Pyatt: Let me start with transatlantic relations and U.S.-European relations. And I think this is a good year to have that conversation because, of ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Op-Ed for Kathimerini

The U.S. has a stake in Greece’s economic success, so I hope leaders in Athens will heed the lessons of the past and implement policies that allow for its economy and people to reach their full potential.  The messages the Prime Minister delivered in the United States, emphasizing the importance of foreign investment, Greece’s potential ... Read More»

Security and Emergency Message for U.S citizens: Health and Safety Announcement from Center for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Embassy Athens, Greece  Security and Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens:  Health and Safety Announcement from Center for Disease Control and Prevention  December 22, 2017     Health officials in Greece have reported an outbreak of measles. Measles is a disease caused by a virus that is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. ... Read More»

Worldwide Caution, December 6, 2017

December 6, 2017 As part of the Department of State’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about safety and security events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions, political violence, and criminal activity against U.S. citizens and interests abroad. This replaces the Worldwide ... Read More»

International Day of Volunteers

On the occasion of the International Day of Volunteers on December 5, the U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS supported a four-day program organized by the volunteer organization Ethelon, with the participation of two American experts, Jonathan Barreto and Katy Elder, senior executives of one of the largest volunteer organization in the U.S. Points of Light.  Read More»

Travel Alert: Europe

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks throughout Europe, particularly during the holiday season.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution at holiday festivals and events.  This Travel Alert expires on January 31, 2018. Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Finland demonstrate that the ... Read More»

Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Tsipras of Greece in Joint Press Conference

President Trump: "We have great confidence in Greece as a nation. We have great confidence in what they're doing relative to their military, because I know they have plans to do some terrific things. And we know they will be an ally for many, many years to come. You know, they've always been a very ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview with Greek News: Tsipras Visit Will Be a Success

Our economic relationship and our support for Greece throughout the crisis have also only grown stronger.  I’ve highlighted that, in 2016, Greece was the 10th fastest-growing source of foreign direct investment in the United States, and the United States has been the source of significant investment in Greece. Read More»

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece to the White House on October 17, 2017. President Trump and Prime Minister Tsipras will discuss ways to enhance our partnership and demonstrate our shared commitment to enduring democratic values that are so important to securing peace and prosperity around the world. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt Host Reception for Greek Chef Diane Kochilas

Congrats to the Greek chef  Kochilas Diane  on the launch of her new show “My Greek Table” airing on  PBS  starting October 6. U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and his wife Mary hosted her, along with an amazing group of Greek food bloggers, chefs, winemakers, entrepreneurs, tourism and government officials, for a sneak preview of the first episode: a ... Read More»

Greek Alumni Makes Connections

Each month, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ (ECA) Office of Alumni Affairs recognizes one outstanding alumnus or alumna.  Betty Tsakarestou is this month’s outstanding alumna, and her work will be recognized throughout the month on the International Exchange Alumni website, ECA’s official website which serves more than one million Department-sponsored exchange alumni worldwide. Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt Discusses with Winners of MITEF and Mindspace Challenge

Ambassador Pyatt hosted a discussion in honor of the winners of this year’s MITEF Greece Startup Competition and Mindspace challenge. The teams had the opportunity to present their work to the Ambassador, talk about their experiences from these competitions, and discuss their future plans. They participated in an engaging discussion on Greece’s entrepreneurial landscape, and ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Entrepreneurship Discussion with MITEF

Ambassador Pyatt, (July 17, 2017) - "For me personally and for the Embassy this whole sector of start-ups … industry, entrepreneurship is extremely important. It’s one of the things the United States will do to be helpful to Greece at this really difficult time. It’s one of our great success stories if you look at ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt Announces Refugee Scholarship Program

We wanted to do something to address that problem, which is what brings us to this project, which we are calling “Education Unites: From Camp to Campus.” This is a refugee scholarship program, which is just one part of the United States’ comprehensive effort to support Greece in responding to this refugee emergency that Greece ... Read More»

4th of July Celebration 2017

July 4 has always been my favorite holiday because it is, ultimately, a celebration of the idea of ‘America’ — the cherished democratic values that make us strong. Democratic accountability, freedom, honor — the values that inspired America’s founders originated right here in Athens, so celebrating here is especially appropriate. Read More»

Anatolia College Graduation

The U.S. Mission to Greece and our Consulate here in Thessaloniki have long collaborated with Anatolia College on cultural and educational programs. These programs and U.S. financial assistance show the United States’ unwavering commitment to Northern Greece and to American-affiliated institutions like Anatolia College. Read More»

Karamanlis Institute – Marshall Plan 70th Anniversary Discussion with Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis

The Marshall Plan also, however, was critically an institutional incubator. It was, as Mr. Mitsotakis pointed out, the seed of European institutions, first the European coal and steel community, later the European community, and, ultimately, the European Union, and all of the institutions of Euro-Atlantic cooperation, that we take today, take for granted. Read More»

State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Visits Athens

(Athens, June 17, 2015) – On June 17-18, U.S. State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Amanda Sloat, is visiting Athens to meet with Greek government officials and private sector representatives. She will discuss with senior officials in the Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry a range of issues and regional developments including ... Read More»

DAS Hoyt Yee’s Testimony: Senate Foreign Relations Committee

We have a long history of good relations with the countries of the Western Balkans. Each country in the region is a member of the Defeat-ISIS Coalition, a strong partner on counter-terrorism, and a reliable counterpart in efforts to limit the spread of violent extremism. However, the region is facing its most serious challenges since ... Read More»

70th Anniversary of Marshall Plan

Almost exactly 70 years ago, Secretary of State Marshall delivered a commencement address at Harvard University that would change the course of European history. During that speech, Marshall said that “The United States should do whatever it is able to do to assist in the return of normal economic health to the world, without which ... Read More»

Greek Tourism Expert Visits U.S. through IVLP

Lia Zampetoglou, Education Manager at the Institute of the "Greek Tourism Confederation, recently took part in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to learn about how the tourism industry could boost Greece’s economic growth. Along with 25 other professionals from around the world, Ms. Zampetoglou examined strategies and ... Read More»

70th Anniversary of the Office of Defense Cooperation

Ambassador Pyatt, June 8 - The strong relationship and defense ties forged between the United States and Greece during the post-war period firmly secured Greece’s place in the West. Of course, in 2017, we also commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan, another massive aid project that helped Greece rebuild after World War II. Read More»

On the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 6, 2017 Seventy years ago, on June 5, 1947, Secretary of State George C. Marshall laid out his bold vision for the United States to help the war-ravaged nations of Europe recover from the massive destruction of World War II. Marshall’s vision was central ... Read More»

Diplomats from 29 countries support Athens Pride 2017

Diplomats from the Embassies of Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the USA and Venezuela in Greece will once again be expressing their support for the Athens Pride festival ... Read More»

Hack the Camp Teams Present their Innovative Solutions to Refugee Challenges

Five months after the final competition, teams “RefuGR”, “Refergon,” Co-Producing the Camp, and EterArt presented progress on their projects on Thursday, June 1st 2017 at a special event for hackathon participants, mentors, press and select guests in Impact Hub Athens. Ambassador Pyatt noted “for me, for the U.S. Embassy, this is part of an ongoing ... Read More»

Visit by Athens Consular Personnel to Thessaloniki, June 8 and June 9

Athens –    Residents of Northern Greece are invited to join representatives from the U.S. Embassy on Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9 as they provide consular, federal benefits and immigration services at the U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki.  Consular services will include accepting passport applications for persons ineligible for mail-in application services and ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at “Hack the Camp” Finale

Thursday, June 1, 2017 7:00 – 8:00 pm Impact Hub Athens As Delivered Good evening everybody.  First of all, let me say what a treat it is to be back here at the Impact Hub.  I love this new space, so congratulations on that.  The last time I was here was December so it’s a ... Read More»

Mindspace Challenge

With the ssupport of the U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS , the Mindspace Challenge was completed last week, at the Ίδρυμα Ευγενίδου – Eugenides Foundation , which 13 teams from all over Greece participating in the finals. The teams that stood out, ranked from 1st to 5th, are: – REND, a multi – platform subscription based service for the mass rental of video games – @EyeQ, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the “Foreign Policy under Austerity” Book Panel

MFA Kranidiotis Lecture Theatre, Athens, Greece May 29, 2017 As Delivered It’s a great honor for to be speaking today at the Foreign Ministry with such a truly distinguished set of panelists.  I will try to keep my remarks short so I can learn from the other presentations.  I should also say, at the beginning, ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Remarks at Hellenic Association for Energy Economics (HAEE) Conference

Metropolitan Hotel, Athens, Greece May 18, 2017 As Delivered Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I would like to thank the Hellenic Association for Energy Economics and Kostas Andriosopoulos for inviting me to speak today on Greece’s energy sector, a critically important component of the Greek economy. I’m honored to be here with Minister Stathakis, former ... Read More»