Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt in Conversation with journalist Alexia Tasouli

Ms. Tasouli:  It’s an honor for me to share in a discussion with the United States Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt, who has proved his continued engagement with Thessaloniki not only with TIF last year, 2018, but in many other cases, he has set a new tempo for our bilateral relations. Welcome, Mr. Ambassador, again to the Thessaloniki …

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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, …

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Annual Propeller Club AMVER Awards

Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel, Athens Friday, November 1, 2019 Καλησπέρα σας. Thank you to Costis, the Propeller Club and to the kids from ACS. Weren’t they fantastic? Commandant Kliaris, Admiral Tsounis, friends, colleagues, thank you so much for inviting me back to address this year’s AMVER awards ceremony.  Mary was reminding me as we were walking in this evening …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at “The Hour of Greece” Exhibition Opening, October 24, 2019

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at “The Hour of Greece” Exhibition Opening Hellenic American University, Athens Thursday, October 24, 2019 Our dear friends, your Eminence Bishop Gabriel, I want to begin by acknowledging the presence here this evening of Foreign Minister Dendias and to express my deep appreciation for the Foreign Ministry’s support of this initiative. I …

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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 …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at WINDMission Greece Conference 2019

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Theon Sensors Signing Ceremony

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

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Ambassador Pyatt at Ridge Global Cyber Security Presentation

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

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

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

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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 …

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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 …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s remarks at Navarino Challenge Press Event

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

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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 …

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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.  …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Global Agripreneurs Summit

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

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

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

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview With Kathimerini’s Vassilis Nedos

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

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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.

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

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

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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 …

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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.

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

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

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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%, …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AmCham HealthWorld Conference 2019

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

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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.

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Ambassador Pyatt: Greece as a Geostrategic Ally

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

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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. …

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

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

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

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

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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 …

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

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

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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.

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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 …

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

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

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Junior Achievement Awards Ceremony

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Hellenic National Defense College

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

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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 …

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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.

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Prix Galien Greece Awards Ceremony

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

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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 …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Athens Science Festival

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

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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

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

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

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

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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 …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview to Antenna TV: #DisinfoWeek

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

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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 …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks Opening the Prometheus Lecture

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

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

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

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

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

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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 …

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

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

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Propeller Club Pita Cutting

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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.”

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Ambassador’s Interview to “Kathimerini” at Thessaloniki Summit

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

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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 …

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

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

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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.

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: Annual Propeller Club Amver Awards

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

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

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

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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 …

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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, …

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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.

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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, …

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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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, …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Diaspora Conference, TIF 2018

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

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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

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

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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 …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Voice of America Interview

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

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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.

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

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

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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 …

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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 …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for the Atlantic Council Millennium Fellowship

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

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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 …

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

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

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George C. Marshall Center Alumni Reception

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Fulbright 70th Anniversary

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Healthworld Forum 2018

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for the Makriyiannis Wing Inauguration

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

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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.”

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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 …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Propeller Club

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

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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 …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Digital Economy Forum

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at HAEE Conference

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 2018 American Studies Seminar

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for ASTA Conference

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

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Ambassador Pyatt Addresses the Hellenic National Defense College

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

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Ambassador Pyatt participates in Historic Cycling Tour in Patras

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview with “Vice Greece”

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

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Hellenic Association of Pharmaceutical Companies (SFEE) General Assembly

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview on News247

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for The SeaNation Conference

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

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

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

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Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt’s Interview with Alexis Papahelas

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

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

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

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Ambassador’s Remarks at BBG-ANA Signing Ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview to “European Business Review”

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Op-Ed for Kathimerini

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Welcome Remarks at the Annual Museum Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt Host Reception for Greek Chef Diane Kochilas

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt Visits City of Livadia

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

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Ambassador Pyatt Discusses with Winners of MITEF and Mindspace Challenge

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Entrepreneurship Discussion with MITEF

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

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Ambassador Pyatt Announces Refugee Scholarship Program

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

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4th of July Celebration 2017

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

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Independence Day Reception in Thessaloniki

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

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Anatolia College Graduation

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

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

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

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70th Anniversary of Marshall Plan

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

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70th Anniversary of the Office of Defense Cooperation

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

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

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

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

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

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EENE Annual Economic Forum 2017

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

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

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

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Ambassador’s Opening Remarks at 2017 American Studies Seminar

70th Anniversary of the Marshall Plan in Greece May 8, 2017, 18:00-18:30 As Delivered Καλησπέρα!  Good evening everybody.  It’s great to be here.  I want to start by thanking you all for coming on a beautiful Athens sunny evening.  And it’s my pleasure and honor to be part of the kickoff of this exercise. I’m …

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

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

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EXPOSEC-DefenseWorld Conference 2017

Ambassador’s Remarks at EXPOSEC-DefenseWorld Conference Hellenic Army Officer’s Club, Athens, Greece May 3, 2017 As Delivered Thank you very much, Simos, for that warm welcome.  Let me say, I consider the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce to be one of my strongest force multipliers and partners here so I really appreciate both the comments but …

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Ambassador’s Remarks at the Atlantic Council Istanbul Summit Panel

“Boosting Regional Energy Partnerships and Trade in the Eastern Mediterranean” Panel Discussion at the Atlantic Council Istanbul Summit April 27, 2017 (as delivered) Q:  Let me turn to Ambassador Pyatt and ask him to give us a perspective from U.S. Government point of view and, also, from an Athens point of view.  So how does …

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Ambassador’s Interview with ERT’s “TOLMI kai ARETI” Show

Sunday, April 23, 2017 Begin quote. Alexia Tasouli: Mr. Ambassador thank you very much for this interview. Ambassador Pyatt: Thank you. AT: How do you see Greece’s geostrategic importance in the Eastern Mediterranean region? Amb. Pyatt: Well, Greece is a key NATO ally in a strategically crucial region, it is an important partner in the …

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

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

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Ambassador’s Remarks at Entrepreneurs and Parliamentarians Roundtable and Networking Event

April 7, 2017 2:30 to 5:00pm at the Ambassador’s Residence As Delivered   Good afternoon everybody. Since our format was a bit unusual today, I wanted to take just a minute to explain what we’ve been doing. And, first of all, I want to acknowledge Effie, the chairwoman of the U.S. Friendship Committee in the …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Opening of the MIT Enterprise Forum

Greece Pitch Event Thursday, April 6, 5:30 pm Microsoft Innovation Center As Delivered   Καλησπέρα! Good evening everybody. I’m sorry to be a little bit late, it’s totally my fault. I wanted to spend a couple of minutes just catching up with Peggy and the Microsoft team, thanking them, and I want to say thank …

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Athens Science Festival 2017

U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt visited the Athens Science Festival, the largest science and technology event in Greece for audiences of all ages. Ambassador Pyatt had the opportunity to test some of the Virtual Reality environments – including a VR bicycle ride – operate a robotic arm built by a 15-year old student, talk with the …

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt meets Greek University Students

On Monday, March 13, Ambassador Pyatt welcomed a group of twenty graduate students and five academics from the Department of International and European Studies of the University of Piraeus to  U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS . Ambassador Pyatt talked about the importance of the United States’ transatlantic relationships and offered an overview on the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and …

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Ambassador’s Pyatt’s Remarks at the Delphi Economic Forum

Konstantinos Karamanlis Hall – European Cultural Centre of Delphi Delphi, Greece March 3, 2017 As delivered Good evening ladies and gentlemen. It’s an honor to be speaking to you this evening. I have heard so many terrific things about the Delphi Forum since my arrival. I’d like to congratulate Symeon as it’s proven to be …

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Ambassador’s Remarks at the Truman Doctrine and US Frigate “Hellas” Anniversary Celebration

Hellas Liberty, Central Harbor, Piraeus, Athens February 23, 2017 (as delivered)  Καλημέρα!  Good afternoon everybody. First of all, thank you Senator Raptakis for those remarks.  My fellow American, also State Assembly Woman Maliotakis from New York State Assembly.  I want to begin by acknowledging the really gracious remarks from our ally Minister of Defense Kammenos. …

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

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

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Ambassador’s Remarks at the the Future of the TESOL Profession Summit

Feb. 22 – “Speaking in my role as Ambassador here in Greece, I can assure you that we remain strongly focused on continuing our great work with Greek Customs and the Greek Atomic Energy Commission and I count on continued benefits for both of our countries from that collaboration.” – Ambassador Pyatt

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Ambassador’s Remarks at Athens Energy Forum 2017

“We will continue to support our partners, to establish and deepen the energy interconnections between European states with the goal of creating a healthy, dynamic energy union in Europe. Greece has a critical role to play in that energy union with these vitally important natural gas infrastructure projects. “

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Greek-American Medical Association Dinner

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

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Ambassador’s Remarks at AMCHAM Pita Cutting & New Year’s Reception

January 30, 2017, 7:30 PM InterContinental Hotel, Athens, Greece As delivered Thank you Simos, καλησπέρα σας!  Let me begin by saying what an enormous pleasure it is for me to be with everybody here tonight.  When I first arrived in Athens, about four months ago, I made the point to Simos and to the team …

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Ambassador’s Media Interview at the U.S. Presidential Event Hosted by Republicans Abroad

Friday January 20, 2017 6:00 pm Caravel Hotel, Athens, Greece As delivered Q:  Mr. Ambassador, what is the most important message you want to send to Greece? A:  The most important message today is that American democracy is alive and well.  This inauguration is a celebration of our democracy; it’s a bipartisan reaffirmation of the …

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Ambassador’s Remarks at the AMCHAM Greek Economy Conference

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

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U.S. Ambassador Visits Ancient Agora

Athens, November 7, 2016 – Ahead of the November 8 Presidential elections in the United States, U.S. Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey R. Pyatt visited the Athenian Stoa in the center of Ancient Athens, the “birthplace of democracy.”  His visit underscored the importance of Greece’s contributions to our democratic ideals.  Ambassador Pyatt received a tour of …

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Ambassador’s Remarks at Thessaloniki Welcome Reception

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

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Ambassador Pyatt at Anatolia College Campus

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

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Ambassador’s Remarks at Welcome Reception in His Honor

Monday, October 24, 2016 7:00 pm USS Mount Whitney, Piraeus Port, Greece Thank you very much, Captain Sardiello.  Κυρίες και Κύριοι καλησπέρα σας!  Είναι μεγάλη μου χαρά που είστε απόψε εδώ μαζί μας.  Σας ευχαριστώ πολύ που ήρθατε!  Προσβλέπω στην μεταξύ μας στενή συνεργασία τα επόμενα τρία χρόνια. Thank you and good evening everybody.  Thank you …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the American Citizens’ Voting Party

  Friday 14 October 2016 – 7:00 p.m. American Community School Good evening everybody.  Thank you, Director Gialamas, for that very gracious introduction.  I also want to say thank you to Rosemary and the whole team from our Consular Section.  They do great, great work and I know they put a lot of effort into …

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