Diversity Visa 2024: Open from October 5 to November 8, 2022

The Immigration Act of 1990 established the Diversity Visa (DV) program, which makes up to 55,000 immigrant visas available through random selection. The program allows those from countries with low immigration rates to the United States; to enter for a chance to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa. To apply for this visa, follow the ... Read More»

We’re Hiring! Join Our Team! -Updated September 22, 2022

Are you interested in working with us at the U.S Embassy in Greece? If yes, you may visit our page at  https://gr.usembassy.gov/embassy-consulate/jobs/   to read advertisements of the positions. Economic Assistant – Vacancy Announcement: Athens 2022-41, Open period: 09/22/1022 – 10/07/2022. Basic Function of the Position: The incumbent serves as Economic Assistant in the Economic Section, reporting to Economic Officer.  Incumbent will be responsible ... Read More»

Ambassador Tsunis’s Remarks at Microsoft Hellas 30th Anniversary Event

Ambassador Tsunis:,"Greece and Microsoft are natural partners.  Greece is the birthplace of democracy and the famed Agora where ideas for change and the progress of humanity were first debated, 2,500 years ago.  Microsoft is the innovator that democratized this exchange of ideas and put its transformative power into the hands of everyone. With 30 years ... Read More»

AMB Tsunis’s Remarks at HAI F-16 Viper Delivery Ceremony

Hellenic Aerospace Industries Tanagra Air Base September 12, 2022 (as prepared)  I would like to offer a special thank you to Ministers Staikouras, Giorgiadis, and Minister Panagiotopoulos for having me today. Thank you also to Deputy Minister Chardalias, General Floros, Lieutenant General Bourolias, Chairman Koutras, Mr. Papakostas, visiting military leadership, and Distinguished Guests. I want ... Read More»

Inclusivity Lounge: A Gender Equality and Sustainable Economy Hub at Thessaloniki International Fair

Athens, September 6, 2022: On Sunday, September 11th, the U.S. Embassy in Athens, in partnership with Women on Top, is hosting the 4th Inclusivity Lounge, within the framework of the 86th Thessaloniki International Fair and HELEXPO Forum. The program is under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Demographic and Family Policy and Gender Equality. Read More»

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s Statement at the Temple of Poseidon, Sounion, Greece

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry - "This is a conference that has produced over $100 billion worth of commitment to preserving the ocean, to dealing with the climate crisis in the context of the ocean.  And it has produced some 1,800 different commitments around the world, including a green shipping corridor.  This is ... Read More»

Ambassador Tsunis’s Remarks at 26th Annual Economist Government Roundtable

Ambassador Tsunis: "But it's easy in the fact that the United States' interests and the United States' values, which is my job to advocate in this bilateral relationship, overwhelmingly intersect with Greek values and Greek interest.  And what are Greek values?  Democracy.  Rules-based order.  The rules-based international order that has governed Europe for generations now. ... Read More»

Ambassador Tsunis’s Remarks at Independence Day Reception

Ambassador Tsunis: "We – the United States and Greece – share an uncommon spirit, a special bond and friendship forged through shared struggle, that calls on us to defend the values that led to the birth of both of our nations.  That is why we have worked so successfully together to promote stability and economic ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Burger’s Remarks at Reception in Honor of Young Presidents Organization, Southern California

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "Cooperation between the United States and Greece continues to deepen.  Over the last few years, our shared national interests have moved the United States and Greece closer together both politically and economically.  The United States views Greece as an indispensable partner.  And I encourage you all to consider building ... Read More»

Ambassador Tsunis’s Remarks at Reception Honoring His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Ambassador Tsunis: "We proudly celebrate tonight our support for religious freedom, a fundamental human right.  Our country was founded in part by people who came to the United States simply because they wanted to practice their religion freely. Religious freedom is the first freedom enshrined in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights.  Respect for religious freedom ... Read More»

Ambassador Tsunis’s Remarks at 2022 Fulbright Commission Awards Ceremony 

Ambassador Tsunis:"In the U.S.-Greece relationship, the Fulbright program stands as our most powerful tool for academic exchange.  It equips us to welcome more Americans to Greece, and more Greeks to the United States.  While in each other's countries, they connect with people, they build knowledge, and they carry these experiences with them for a lifetime." Read More»

Ambassador Tsunis’s Remarks at International Conference: Cybersecuring Democracy

Ambassador Tsunis: "Internationalization is an incredibly powerful force.  It draws people together – just look at us here today.  And the technology of an interconnected world provides us with countless tools to promote inclusivity and strengthen our democracies.  Thanks to recent advancements in technology, we have the opportunity to use it as an instrument to ... Read More»

Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis’ Visit to Washington D.C., May 16 -May 17, 2022

President Joe Biden – May 16, 2022 “Today, I welcomed Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the White House for a bilateral meeting. We reaffirmed our strong relationship, celebrated 201 years of Greek independence, and discussed our ongoing efforts to support Ukraine.”   Vice President Kamala Harris – May 17, 2022 “Today, I presided over a ... Read More»

Remarks By President Biden, First Lady Jill Biden, and Prime Minister Mitsotakis Of Greece at a Reception Honoring Greek American Relations

President Joe Biden: "The United States and the world owe a debt to the ancient Greek ideas that first taught us that “we the people” and the “demos,” our democracy, can control our own destiny.  And you made us believe it.  And the idea that has endured for a millennia.  But it’s also an idea ... Read More»

Remarks by President Biden And Prime Minister Mitsotakis of Greece Before Bilateral Meeting

President Joe Biden: "Today, the friendship and partnership between our countries, between Greek — the Greeks and Americans is, I think, more important than ever.  And I’m honored to celebrate that partnership with you because you’ve been a good friend.  So, welcome." Read More»

Ambassador Tsunis’s Remarks at Credentials Reception

Ambassador Tsunis: "It's more critical than ever that the United States and Greece and our transatlantic allies work together.  That includes advancing shared goals for strengthening democracy throughout the Balkans.  We commend Greece’s leadership role to that end because it fosters regional prosperity and stability.  Though we have accomplished much, there is room for us ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Reception in Honor of “Faith-Based Leadership in a Turbulent World”

Ambassador Pyatt: "I’m especially proud in this regard, of all the cooperation that we’ve had with the Greek government.  As Prime Minister Mitsotakis put it so well in his address in parliament a few weeks ago on the question of Ukraine, Greece is standing on the right side of history.  I want to underline, as ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement to Press Launch of Alexandroupoli FSRU (Floating Storage and Regasification Unit) Port of Alexandroupoli, Greece

Tuesday, May 3, 2022 Kalimera.  Let me say what a fantastic honor it is to have this event here in Alexandroupoli be my final engagement as American Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic.  In 2017, I came to Alexandroupoli and we began a systematic effort on behalf of the United States government to lift our engagement ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Farewell Interview with Tom Ellis, Editor in Chief, Kathimerini English Edition

Ambassador Pyatt:"I was especially thrilled to see the White House confirm the date for President Biden to host Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Washington on May 16, 2022. A little over a year ago, President Biden sent a video message to the Greek people to congratulate them on their bicentennial on March 25, 2021. That ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Farewell Interview with Fanis Papathanasiou, Anchor/Senior Diplomatic Editor ERT, Greek Public TV

April 29, 2022 ERT Link: https://www.ertnews.gr/eidiseis/ellada/politiki/tz-paiat-stin-ert-panta-mas-anisychei-epeisodio-sto-aigaio-i-pio-dyskoli-stigmi/ Mr. Papathanasiou:  Mr. Ambassador, thank you very much for this interview for the Greek Public Television.  It’s an honor and privilege to have you here for this special farewell interview.  We are a few days away from the end of your five-year journey as the Ambassador to Greece.  How would ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Thessaloniki Tech-Lab/ American Space Opening

Ambassador Pyatt: "The American Spaces network in Greece is incredibly robust, and each month the network offers dozens of programs, including English language training, information sessions on studying the United States, skill building sessions on STEM and innovation, media literacy seminars, and so much more.  All these programs are free of charge and draw upon ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for Cities of the Future: Innovative, Safe and Sustainable Conference

Ambassador Pyatt: "I'm very excited about the role that American technology companies play in that story of rebirth and revival of confidence.  And I'm also very confident that the foundations we laid here in Thessaloniki, at the Thessalonikki International Fair in 2018, with this Cisco Innovation Center, with all the partnerships that are being built ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement to Press with Mayor Konstantinos Zervas

Ambassador Pyatt: "It's so encouraging for me to see the way in which American companies like Cisco, and Pfizer and Deloitte are reinvesting in this city, because they see the promise of its young people.  But also they share the vision that inspired me in 2018, when we put together the Thessaloniki International Fair, that ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Fireside Chat with Apostolos Mangiriadis, SKAI TV

Delphi Forum, Delphi April 7, 2022 As Delivered Mr. Mangiriadis:  Ladies and gentlemen, hello from Delphi.  This is Apostolos Mangiriadis, I’m a political correspondent with Skai Television, and I have the honor and the privilege to introduce Geoffrey Pyatt for his farewell talk at Delphi under the capacity of the American Ambassador in Greece.  Because ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks Inclusivity Lounge

Delphi Forum, Delphi April 7, 2022 As Delivered Thank you, Stella.  It’s so great to be back here in Delphi. Since this is my first public remark here, I want to start by saying how wonderful it is to be back in a room full of human beings again.  [Laughter]. The first talk I went ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement at Orion 22 Exercise

Ambassador Pyatt: "The U.S. military relationship with Greece is of a completely different character.  The United States in Greece are moving ahead on a F-35 program.  We are deepening our relationship in the context of the Strategic Dialogue, in the context of the U.S. force presence at Souda Bay, in Alexandroupoli, in Larissa, in Volos and ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for the Atlantic Council Energy Report Panel and American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce Energy Committee

Athens, Greece April 4, 2022 As delivered Thank you Niko for the invitation.  Minister Skrekas, thank you for coming out early this morning.  Elias, it’s good to see you.  And Katerina, congratulations.  I agree with the vast majority of what you said so I’m going to keep my remarks very brief. I want to start, though, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: U.S.-Greece Tourism Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony

Ambassador Pyatt: "And in the midst of this grand crisis of security, I’m really delighted that we have an opportunity to highlight some of the positive news as we look ahead towards what I am confident will be another successful Greek tourism year.  We saw Greece’s tourism economy rebound in unexpected ways last summer.  Americans, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement to the Press at Iniochos 2022

Ambassador Pyatt: "I’m especially proud that this year we have the participation of so many different elements of the U.S. Armed Forces including the F-15s from Lakenheath Air Base, the F-18s flying off the Harry Truman, which is operating in Greek waters, and an MQ-9 flying from Sigonella in Italy.  This is mirrored in the growing ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Burger’s remarks at Gender Equality and Women’s Representation in the Public Sphere

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "Supporting women’s engagement in politics, government, civil society and other areas has been important to Ambassador Pyatt and our entire team at the U.S. Embassy in Athens over the years.  This is something we will continue.  We’re committed to advancing this agenda with programs to bridge the gender gap ... Read More»

Greece Independence Day: Statement by Secretary Blinken

Secretary Blinken: "Today, we celebrate the history and democratic values that unite our countries and peoples.  The United States views Greece as a key partner and NATO Ally as we advance our shared goals for peace and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean, Western Balkans, Black Sea region, and beyond, strengthened by our updated Mutual Defense ... Read More»

Greek Independence Day: A National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy, 2022

President Joe Biden: "Today, as we mark the anniversary of Greek independence, we honor our countries’ deep and historic bond — forged in the struggle for liberty and self-governance — and the many contributions of the modern Hellenic Republic which promote international peace and stability and uphold our shared values." Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Burger’s Opening Remarks at Women CANdidates Webinar

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment have been U.S. government priorities for many years that we’re all very proud to support.  We want to make sure that women not only benefit from new opportunities but are empowered to lead Greece’s economic, social, digital and political transformation." Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Burger’s Remarks at Trade Mission to Skopje with AmCham

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "AmCham Greece is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year with a very apt theme, “Broadening Horizons.”  Today in Skopje, we are continuing to do just that, and I believe both chambers have paved a fortuitous path forward as we navigate this critical time in history." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement to the Press: Visit to New Amazon Web Services (AWS) Office

Ambassador Pyatt: "We have seen in the United States as well the transformative power of these technology tools, especially in the context of the global pandemic.  And it's very exciting for me as somebody who has lived in Greece for the past five and a half years to see how I'm using AWS technology every ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Burger’s Remarks at the Launch of the American College of Greece STEM Lab

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "I was pleased to learn that, with the opening of these new STEM labs, the American College of Greece will expand opportunities for its students by offering STEM degrees as well.  Younger students at Pierce will benefit from the Physics Lab, taking advantage of the new, advanced facilities.  And ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 3rd Southeast Europe East Med Conference, Delphi Economic Forum

“Pillar of Stability: The Evolution of the U.S.-Greece Bilateral Relationship” Panel Discussion with Lena Argiri Washington D.C, March 15, 2022 Question:  Ambassador Pyatt, you have been Ambassador for the entire duration of this upswing so far.  You came in on the back end of one crisis Russia provoked in Ukraine, when there were some concerns ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Opening Remarks at IRI Parliamentary Roundtable on China

Ambassador Pyatt: "For the United States, and I say this as an American diplomat of 33 years, the basic challenge that we face is how do we join forces with our friends and allies to build a collective response to encourage both Moscow and Beijing to respect the rules-based international order, and to ensure that ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks to Press: Delta Inaugural Direct Flight to Athens

March 8, 2022 As Delivered First of all, congratulations, Minister [Kikilias].  I want to say congratulations also to Delta.  This is the first American flight of this tourism year for which we have extremely high expectations.   Greece has so much to offer.  The spring is a fantastic time of the year here. And I’m really excited that ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Burger’s Remarks at AmCham “Culture Tribute to Liberty”

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "The bicentennial was an excellent opportunity for us to look ahead toward an even greater future shared together.  Throughout this time, the United States hasunderscored our unwavering commitment to stand by Greece as our trusted friend and key Ally.  And perhaps there has been no more critical time to ... Read More»

DCM’s Remarks: “Building Disaster Resilience through Innovative U.S. Solutions” 

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "Today, the U.S.-Greece alliance is stronger than ever before, as we are seeing in these dark days since Russia’s premeditated, unprovoked, and unjustified invasion of Ukraine.  Thank you to Greece and all of our partners in the EU and NATO for your steadfast support of the people of Ukraine." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks in Honor of Women’s History Month

Ambassador Pyatt: "Every year, U.S. ambassadors around the world are invited to nominate one individual for an award, which I think was started by Secretary of State Clinton, which is the International Women of Courage Award.  And when we started to put together our ideas for Greece for this year, it was about a 30 second conversation ... Read More»

Presidents’ Day 2022

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 21, 2022 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 16th David Tiano Lecture

Ambassador Pyatt: "Last year, of course, the United States and Greece were celebrating the Greek Bicentennial and 200 years of friendship and our shared democratic values.  But, 2021 was, also, importantly the year that Greece assumed the presidency of IHRA, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, which is a 34-country group committed to combatting Holocaust denial and ... Read More»

DCM David Burger’s Opening Remarks at American Spaces Black History Month Screening of Emancipation Road: 1963-1968 – The Civil Rights Era

Deputy Chief of Mission: "As you all know, February is a very important month for us in which we celebrate the contributions of Black Americans throughout U.S. history.  It’s a powerful reminder of the responsibility we all have to tirelessly work to fight systemic racism that, unfortunately, remains very much a part of our societies ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at ELIAMEP Lecture Series: “Innovation as a Driving Force for Greek-American Relations”

Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 4:00 p.m. As Delivered Thank you, Nektaria, great to see you.  And thank you to everybody for joining what is the fourth session of the Embassy-sponsored program on “U.S.-Greece Economic Relations and the Future of the Greek Economy.”  This is a fantastic topic, and I couldn’t agree with you more, Nektaria, that ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Burger’s Remarks at Balkan MindspaceTIES Finals

DCM David Burger: "We support educational and entrepreneurship programs like Mindspace because we view them as an investment in the future – preparing young people like you with skills that will enhance your career prospects in the future while at the same time strengthening ties with the United States and countries in the region." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview with Ptisi and Diastima Magazine

Ambassador Pyatt: "Greece has become one of the United States’ most important partners in Southern and Eastern Europe to advance the longstanding U.S. goal of energy security and diversification of sources and routes in Europe.  This is an issue that’s getting a lot of attention right now around developments in Russia, and you have the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AmCham New Year’s Reception

Ambassador Pyatt: "The U.S.-Greece trade and investment relationship is a centerpiece of the bilateral alliance between our countries, and is included as a key pillar of the Strategic Dialogue process.  When Secretary Blinken, Foreign Minister Dendias, and other members from both of our teams were together in Washington, D.C., at the Strategic Dialogue in October, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks on U.S.-Greece Relations with Fletcher School and Panteion University Students and Faculty

“U.S.-Greece Relations: Common Values and Shared Interests in a Time of Complex Diplomacy and High-Stakes Geopolitics in Eurasia” Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 7:00 pm.   As Delivered Thank you very much Professor Arvanitopoulos for that very warm introduction.  Thank you, Professor Prodromou, for putting us all together and making this happen, and framing the conversation.  Good evening to all ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Study in Greece Virtual Fair

Ambassador Pyatt: "Let me just be very brief and say, first of all, I cannot think of a better way to mark International Education Day than to participate in this seminar with Minister Kerameus and so many of our colleagues from across Greek academia who have driven the fantastic progress we’ve seen in our university ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 3rd International Conference on Religious Diplomacy

Ambassador Pyatt: "Freedom of religion is important in Greece as well.  It is one of the shared democratic values that link our two societies.  Indeed, in this year of the Greek bicentennial, it’s worth recalling that many patriots from the United States who supported the Greek revolution did so for exactly those reasons." Read More»

Statement on East Med Energy Cooperation

U.S. Embassy Spokesperson Athens, January 10, 2022 At a time when Europe’s energy security is–more than ever–a question of national security, we are committed to deepen our regional relationships and promote clean energy technologies. The United States continues to strongly support regional efforts that enhance and promote cooperation and regional stability, including the 3+1 mechanism ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with Greek Foreign Minister Dendias

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON JANUARY 4, 2022 The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman spoke today with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.  Deputy Secretary Sherman and Foreign Minister Dendias stressed the importance of promoting solidarity and stability in Europe, including support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.  The Deputy Secretary and ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission Burger’s Remarks at The American Revolution Through Film Music

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: "The United States Mission in Greece is delighted to partner with the Greek National Opera and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to bring you this special concert highlighting our countries’ shared history and democratic values." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 2021 AMVER Awards

Ambassador Pyatt: "This year, Greek shipping continues its impressive streak of leading the world in AMVER awards.  In 2021, over 2,000 Greek vessels from more than 250 companies participated in the program.  These vessels were part of some two dozen different rescue missions during which they saved over 500 lives.  That astonishing figure underscores the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Signing of U.S.-Hellenic Coast Guard MOU

Ambassador Pyatt: "The cooperation between our two countries helps to reinforce the credibility and capabilities of our Alliance in a neighborhood that is not always friendly, and in a region where Greece has come to be seen by all as a pillar of stability, a reliable NATO Ally, a net provider of security, and a ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at The Launch of “DisinfoHacks” 

Ambassador Pyatt: "All of us here in Greece have seen how disinformation has impacted us over the past two years in relation to debates around the COVID-19 pandemic.  The pandemic has disrupted economies, health care systems and travel around the world, but there also remains an incredible amount of disinformation surrounding the vaccines, which are ... Read More»

“The crisis we face is real”: Blinken on why Biden is convening a Summit for Democracy

Secretary Blinken: "Finally, the President convened this summit because to get democracy rising again, the United States must lead. We aren’t perfect. We, too, have work to do at home. But we’re a 245-year-old democracy of people from every country and background, and we’ve wrestled openly with how to become a more perfect union from ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Opening Remarks at the 32nd Greek Economic Summit “Atlantic Council Discussion Paper

Ambassador Pyatt: "I was very glad to hear the Prime Minister’s highlights at COP26 on Greece’s potential role as a hub for the transfer of clean energy, both electricity and hydrogen.  Also his vision for Greece to take a leading role in decarbonization of the maritime sector.  And then the Clean Islands Initiative which I ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Keynote Remarks at The 32nd Greek Economic Summit, and Fireside Chat with Nikolaos Bakatselos, President AMCHAM

Ambassador Pyatt: "I want to underline that a stronger and more prosperous Greece is not just in America’s interests.  Whether it’s redrawing the energy map of southeast Europe, diversifying energy sources and routes, or taking advantage of the Balkan market and transforming Greece into a key digital hub for this region, incentivizing the crucially needed ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at ATHENA 2021

Ambassador Pyatt: "Our relationship with Greece today spans the full range of geopolitical, security, economic, cultural and educational cooperation, all of which is anchored in our Strategic Dialogue, our recently updated Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement, and our shared commitment to the transatlantic relationship.  The MDCA framework has strengthened and advanced our common defense and strategic ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Call with Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON DECEMBER 6, 2021 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis today.  Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Mitsotakis reviewed the strength of the bilateral relationship.  They underscored the importance of solidarity in promoting stability in Europe, including support for Ukraine’s sovereignty ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Atlantic Resolve Distinguished Visitors Day

Ambassador Pyatt: "So as we approach the end of a remarkable year of growth in our bilateral cooperation, as we mark the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence and our country's shared commitment to a safer, more democratic and more prosperous world, I want to thank the Greek government for its steadfast commitment ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Opening Ceremony for Arrival of M1117 Armored Security Vehicles

Ambassador Pyatt: "The 44 vehicles here today are just the taster of a very large transfer of 1,200 ASVs.  400 more will be delivered early next year in 2022.  And I know that an Hellenic Army team has already traveled to the U.S. Sierra Army depot in October to identify another 400, and will be ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AHI Event:  “The Role of the Greek American Community in Advancing U.S.-Greek Relations”

Ambassador Pyatt: "The impact of the Greek diaspora organizations and individual Greek Americans is evident in the work we do here in Athens every single day.  We need your collective voices to help ensure our strong bilateral relations remain that way and that we find new avenues for cooperation in the future. " Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 11th International CoMuseum Conference

Ambassador Pyatt: "Cultural cooperation between the United States and Greece is a key element to the success of our countries’ remarkable alliance, as we celebrate 200 years of friendship.  It’s at the heart of our Strategic Dialogue and the foundation of our extraordinary people-to-people ties." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner of Propeller Club and AMCHAM

Remarks at the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the Propeller Club and the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce November 24, 2021 Let me start by thanking my friends, both Nikos and Costis for those incredibly generous and gracious remarks.  But I also want to assure everybody that after having done five of these AmCham-Propeller Club Thanksgiving ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 200 Years of Innovation Launch 

Ambassador Pyatt: "As we celebrate the 200 years of Greece’s independence, and two centuries of ever-strengthening and deepening bonds between our peoples, we are looking forward to an even more dynamic and greater future ahead.  It is a future that will be driven and defined by science, passion for progress and discovery!  And it’s in ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the JCET between U.S. and Greek Special Forces

Ambassador Pyatt: "It was also a real honor for me today to see  on the water in operation two of the four Mark V Special forces craft which the United States has provided at no cost to Greece under our Excess Defense Articles Program. These are assets that originally cost about 21 million U.S. dollars which will ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at “Energizing Greece” Official Launch

Ambassador Pyatt: "In the future, Alexandroupoli will also have a critical role to play in the energy transition.  We strongly welcomed the bold vision Prime Minister Mitsotakis outlined at Glasgow, where he talked about Greece becoming a hub for the transfer of clean energy in the Mediterranean, a leader in decarbonization of the maritime sector, ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the CapsuleT Travel and Hospitality Accelerator Program

Monday, November 22, 2021 As Delivered Kalispera.  Deputy Minister Zacharaki, Sophia, President of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, Mr. Vassilikos, Alexandros, guests, friends, and start-uppers, thank you so much for inviting me to join you this evening at this networking event of the CapsuleT Travel and Hospitality Accelerator Program. I want to say to begin with first of ... Read More»

Join us at an Interactive “Escape Room” Celebrating 200 Years of Scientific Collaboration between the United States and Greece

The U.S. Embassy in Athens and the educational organization SciCo (Science Communication) are excited to launch "USA-Greece: 200 Years of Innovation" an interactive Escape Room where visitors can explore the shared scientific history of the two countries and use their knowledge to find a way out of the space. The escape room, hosted at the ... Read More»

11th International CoMuseum Conference: (Re)Positioning the Museum of Tomorrow

On December 1-3 , the Benaki Museum, the U.S. Embassy in Greece, and the British Council will present the 11th International CoMuseum Conference: (Re)Positioning the Museum of Tomorrow. The virtual conference is organized in collaboration with the British Embassy and Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Ameresco Wind Park Launch Ceremony

Ambassador Pyatt: "We saw some fantastic examples of this last week in Glasgow, where President Biden unveiled several new programs, including the Clean Energy Demand Initiative, the First Movers Coalition, and the Agricultural Innovation Mission for Climate.  I’m very glad, Minister, that Greece is participating in many of these, including the Global Methane Pledge and ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt to Afghan Members of Parliament in Greece: “You Have the Support of the United States”

Ambassador Pyatt hosted 15 female Afghan Members of Parliament, Judges, and other civil society leaders, along with five Greek government officials, including Migration Minister Notis Mitarachis, at his residence in Athens on November 9.  The evacuees are in Greece at the invitation of the government of Greece Read More»

The United States and Greece: Advancing Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Economic Growth Together! 

From November 8-14, 2021, the U.S. Embassy in Athens will commemorate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) by showcasing activities in support of entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth throughout Greece.  Supporting Greece’s long-term economic stability is a key objective of the U.S. Mission to Greece, and we are proud to promote Greece’s entrepreneurial growth through partnerships and investments across many sectors of the ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Fireside Chat with Athanasios Ellis, Editor in Chief, Kathimerini English Edition

Ambassador Pyatt: "The fact that there has been so much continuity in U.S. policy towards Greece through this period of very different governments in the United States, tells you a lot about how our interests have come to converge, but also the enduring U.S. commitment to our presence in southeastern Europe, to our relationship with ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Signing Ceremony of the U.S.-Greece Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) Implementing Arrangement

Ambassador Pyatt: "I also want to say a huge thank you, with your presence sir, both to Captain Biery and to Colonel MacDonald, for all of the work that they and their teams have put into building this relationship and specifically concluding the negotiations on the expanded Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) and this implementing ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement at USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance-U.S. Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement at USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance-U.S. Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response Expert Briefing to the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy Athens, Greece October 27, 2021 I’m very grateful to Minister Skrekas for creating this opportunity for some of the United States government’s best technical experts on fire recovery to brief on ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce HealthWorld Conference 2021

Ambassador Pyatt: "As Greece continues to distinguish itself as a forward-leaning, innovation- and investment-friendly market for healthcare companies, I know that more of America’s leading pharmaceutical, medical device, and technology companies will take notice and begin to call Greece home, just as Pfizer has done with its significant new investment in Thessaloniki." Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt in Conversation with Alexia Tasouli, Diplomatic Correspondent, Open TV

Ambassador Pyatt: "What’s changed most importantly is Greece’s emergence from a very severe economic crisis.  The confidence that I see today in Greek entrepreneurs and Greek young people simply wasn’t there five years ago.  That is a hugely valuable commodity.  You want to hold on to it. " Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s SKAI TV Interview with Apostolos Mangiriadis

Ambassador Pyatt: "Greece has become one of our closest allies in Europe.  It’s a country that shares perspectives with the United States on so many issues.  We haven’t even talked yet about the bicentennial or democracy.  We have the Democracy Summit coming up where Greece will play a foundational role given the debt that we ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Kathimerini’s ESG and Climate Crisis Summit

Ambassador Pyatt: "Here in Europe in particular there’s also an energy security angle to all of this, and it’s notable as governments in Europe are starting to worry about whether they’re going to be able to keep the heat on this winter that Greece does not have to worry about that, in large part because ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Podcast Interview on The Greek Current with Thanos Davelis

Ambassador Pyatt: "This is an incredibly exciting time in U.S.-Greece relations because of the sense that we have the wind at our back.  As one of my senior interagency colleagues said in the Strategic Dialogue last week, our relationship is at a peak, but it is not at the summit.  That is, we have achieved ... Read More»

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Inauguration of Cisco DT&S Center

Ambassador Pyatt: "Today, large American multinational companies like Cisco, Deloitte, Pfizer, and Amazon Web Services have established growing presences here in the city or are actively working on projects in northern Greece, leveraging Greece’s rich human capital and supportive environment to create a virtuous cycle of growth from which we all greatly benefit – the ... Read More»

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»

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»

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 State.gov 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 CNN.gr

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»

GREEK INNOVATION SHOWCASING AT SXSW®

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»