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 at Junior Achievement Awards Ceremony

Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Junior Achievement Awards Ceremony Foundation of Hellenic World June 1, 2018 Good evening, everyone. Your Excellency President Pavlopoulos, Mr. Mitsotakis, Deputy Minister Vaxevanakis, honored guests, students and teachers, it’s a great pleasure to be here to celebrate the successful completion of this year’s Student Company Program. I want to express a ...
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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 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’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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Presentation of 83rd TIF: Remarks by U.S. Consul General Rebecca Fong

During the presentation of 83rd Thessaloniki International Fail U.S. Consul General Rebecca Fong said: “First of course, is to celebrate the very best of American technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Those are characteristics that mark the competitive and dynamic parts of the U.S. economy, but also to get the message out to the international audience that ...
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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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Remarks by President Trump and Prime Minister Tsipras of Greece in Joint Press Conference

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

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

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

Lia Zampetoglou, Education Manager at the Institute of the "Greek Tourism Confederation, recently took part in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to learn about how the tourism industry could boost Greece’s economic growth. Along with 25 other professionals from around the world, Ms. Zampetoglou examined strategies and ...
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2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Pride Month

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 7, 2017 In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also recognize ...
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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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Diplomats from 29 countries support Athens Pride 2017

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

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

U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt Excerpts of Interview with To Vima To correct the record, here are key excerpts of an interview Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt conducted with To Vima reporter Angelos Athanasopoulos on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, published on May 7, 2017.  In this interview, Ambassador Pyatt focuses on the strength of the U.S-Greek relationship, economic ...
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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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Weekly Notary Service to Start at U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

Athens – Starting Tuesday, April 25, the U.S. Consulate General in Thessaloniki will begin offering weekly notarial service to residents of Northern Greece. The service, available to U.S. citizens and non-citizens alike, will be offered every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. by appointment only.
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Documenta 14

U.S. Embassy Athens is supporting Documenta 14, one of the largest and most important contemporary art events in the world, and in particular the Victoria Square Project by artist Rick Lowe. Known for the Project Row Houses, Rick Lowe is a well-known creator focusing on the convergence of community and art.
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Grand Opening – YouthLab Xanthi

On Monday, April 3, the newly expanded and renovated YouthLab Xanthi officially opened its doors. This new American Corner will help Thracian youth and young professionals in the wider region learn job skills for today's knowledge-based, global economy so that they can productively contribute to Greece’s skilled workforce and economic development.
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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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Open House Athens Tours Historic Gropius Building

Fulbright Scholarship Alumnus, architect, and photographer Yiorgis Yerolympos led architecture students on a tour of the historic Chancery Building of U.S. Embassy Athens, designed by Walter Gropius – one of the most prominent figures of modern architecture.
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NATO Foreign Ministerial Intervention Remarks

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

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Statement By U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson March 22, 2017 On the Attack in London On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families. The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom. We ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on President Trump’s Travel to Brussels and NATO Meetings

March 21 - President Donald J. Trump will travel to Brussels, Belgium, for the May 25, 2017, meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Heads of State and Government. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced the Leaders Meeting date earlier today.
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SXSW 2017

The U.S. Embassy Athens partners with Hellenic Initiative and the International Accelerator for the fourth consecutive year to support the participation of promising Greek startups and representatives from the creative and interactive industries to the SXSW (South by Southwest)  festival in Austin, Texas. The Greek startup delegation at SXSW 2017 had two full days presenting their ...
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Readout of Secretary Tillerson’s meeting with Greece’s Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias

March 13, 2017 – Secretary Tillerson met today with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and reaffirmed the significance of the U.S.-Greek bilateral relationship. The Secretary and foreign minister also discussed the importance of building and sustaining security and stability across the region. Read More: at  https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2017/03/268424.htm
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Women Changing Greece – Episode 1

The first episode of the “Women Changing Greece” video documentary features three Greek women who share how their experiences with business development and entrepreneurship were positively affected by participating in U.S.-Government sponsored exchange programs.
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U.S. Embassy Supports “Dancing to Connect” educational program in Athens and Komotini

The U.S. Embassy in Athens, in collaboration with the Onassis Cultural Center and with support from the Municipality of Komotini, is supporting the “Dancing to Connect” educational program. Seeking to give students the opportunity to discover ways of collaboration and communication through dance.
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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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Presidents’ Birthday

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

On February 10, Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and Deputy Chief of Mission Suzanne Lawrence visited  UTechLab  in Athens. A collaboration of the  U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS  and the  Ίδρυμα Ευγενίδου – Eugenides Foundation  – the center focuses on providing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs to high school students. The Embassy leadership saw demonstrations of the 3-D printing technology, robotics, programming, and comics workshops that ...
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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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Trump Honors African Americans

February is National African American History Month. President Trump issued the following proclamation to commemorate the role African Americans have played in U.S. history: NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION As we celebrate National African American History ...
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Museums and Tourism: A Working Relationship

Athens, November 29, 2016 – The U.S. Embassy Athens, in partnership with the Benaki Museum and the British Council, is organizing the conference “Museums and Tourism: A Working Relationship.”  The event is taking place on December 8, 2016, 09:30 – 17:00, at The Benaki Museum, Pireos 138. The sixth annual Museum Conference invites museum and ...
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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’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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Hack The Camp: Refugee and Integration Challenges

Friday, October 21 was the first night of  #HackTheCamp  – the hackathon on refugee and integration issues. Ambassador Pyatt addressed the gathered crowd of 130 coders, creative professionals, designers, NGO representatives, and refugees, urging them to help find concrete solutions to the real problems faced by the migrants living in the camps. Teams will have six weeks to develop ...
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The Insider’s Guide: See a different side of America!

The U.S. EMBASSY ATHENS Athens, in partnership with Huffington Post  Greece, is proud to launch this year’s video project which will transport you to five spectacular destinations across the western United States. We chose to highlight five different destinations that show the diversity and ingenuity of the tourism industry in the U.S. – especially how young, creative entrepreneurs are reshaping ...
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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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“Welcoming Today’s Refugees”

Athens, September 16, 2016 –“Welcoming Today’s Refugees” was the subject of a live, web event co-hosted September 13 by the U.S. Embassy in Athens.   NGO professionals, refugee activists, students, and academics discussed global responsibility for taking action on the refugee crisis.  Dr. Nadina Christopoulou from the Melissa Network of Migrant Women led the discussion in ...
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