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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 200 Years of Innovation Launch 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Ameresco Wind Park Launch Ceremony

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s SKAI TV Interview with Apostolos Mangiriadis

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s On the Record Briefing with Greek Journalists following the 3rd U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue

Ambassador’s Residence, Athens, Greece October 18, 2021 Ambassador Pyatt:  Thanks everybody for joining us this afternoon.  I’m glad I brought the good weather back from Washington, DC.  I gather I missed a little bit of excitement on Thursday. I’m going to keep these opening remarks relatively short so we can have a good, thorough conversation.  And what I would …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at  Launch of Syros CodeGirls Program

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: Launch of FEMPowerment Initiative

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassasdor Pyatt’s Remarks at Launch of American Studies Master’s Program, University of Piraeus

Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, Piraeus Wednesday, September 22, 2021 As Delivered Thank you very much Dean Skafianakis.  Let me start by saying what a real pleasure it is to be back here in the Laskaridis Foundation library.  This is a beautiful setting, and we’re all very honored and very happy to be meeting again in real life.  Let me …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at The Hellenic Initiative “Connect the Dots” Launch

American School of Classical Studies at Athens Tuesday, September 21, 2021 As Delivered Kalispera sas.  Michael, Ambassador Angelopoulos, distinguished guests, colleagues, friends, I’m really delighted to welcome you to the launch this evening of The Hellenic Initiative’s online mentorship project, “Connect the Dots.”  But I’m especially glad that we’re doing so in the beautiful garden of the …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Ambassadors’ Forum

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Prix Galien 2021 Awards Ceremony

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

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt Regarding Wildfires in Greece August 6, 2021

Like everyone in Greece, we at U.S. Mission Greece are horrified by the scenes of destruction wrought by wildfires around the country and the broader region.  We applaud the many brave firefighters, military personnel, and volunteers who have worked to limit the damage and to save human lives.  We know these fires have taken an …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Invest in South Aegean Conference 

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

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

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

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

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

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DCM Burger’s Remarks at WHIA Welcome Dinner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Sister Cities International Mayors Leadership Council

July 15, 2021 As Delivered Thank you, Helene. Thanks for having me on. It’s really exciting to have so many elected local officials online today. I’m also especially glad that we’ve got a strong California contingent, including a couple of folks from Santa Barbara, which is really truly one of my favorite cities in the …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at POWER Female Tech Entrepreneurs Forum 

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview with Star Channel’s Katerina Tsamouri

Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview with Star Channel’s Katerina Tsamouri Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 2:00 p.m. As Delivered Ms. Tsamouri: Mr. Ambassador, thank you very much for this interview, and thank you for having us here. Thank you, Katerina. I’m delighted to do it. Ms. Tsamouri: I would like to start our conversation by asking you a …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at ACS Athens Graduation

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

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

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

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s call with National Security Advisor Thanos Dokos of Greece

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke today with Dr. Thanos Dokos, National Security Advisor of Greece. Mr. Sullivan welcomed the strong relationship between our countries, including our growing defense cooperation, and conveyed the Biden Administration’s commitment to further deepening these ties. They discussed the importance of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean. Mr. Sullivan welcomed the resumption …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Arsis Home Site Visit

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks in Thessaloniki with Mayor Zervas 

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

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

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

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Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt’s Panel Discussion with Journalist Alexia Tasouli at GMF

Ambassador Pyatt: “We continue to work especially in the energy area, but also moving into areas like technology, like counterterrorism, like economic recovery.  And I’m very pleased also to see now how that cooperation is moving into the area of renewables and renewable energy cooperation, which is a critical priority for my President and my …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at American Airlines Event

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at DEFENDER-Europe 21 DV Day,  Exercise Immediate Response/ Centaur 21

Ambassador Pyatt: “Our security relationship is not just about hardware.  It’s about a commitment to a long-term partnership, based on shared strategic interests and values that have united our countries now for 200 years.    When the United States and Greece work together, as we’ve seen today, there is no limit to what we can …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Delphi Inclusivity Lounge

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Fireside Chat with Marianna Kakaounaki

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at STEM Stars Greece Awards Ceremony

March 28, 2021 Delivered (virtual)  Thank you very much, and kalispera everybody.  I want to first of all acknowledge the presence this afternoon of Minister Kerameus, but also all of the judges, the students, the participants.  It’s really great to be here as part of the final phase of the STEM Stars Greece competition and celebrate …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement on Greek Independence Day

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

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GREEK INDEPENDENCE DAY: A NATIONAL DAY OF CELEBRATION OF GREEK AND AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, 2021

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Exactly 200 years ago, inspired by the same ideals of liberty, self-governance, and passionate belief in democracy that sparked the American Revolution, the people of Greece declared their independence. Today, the people of the United States join the Greek people in commemorating the creation of …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement on 2021 Bicentennial Celebrations

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

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Ambassador Pyatt On the Record Briefing with Greek Defense Journalists

Athens, March 4, 2021 Ambassador Pyatt:  First of all it’s great to see everybody.  I’m glad everybody’s healthy and well.  I also want to say since we’re on the record what a blessing it is that we’re able to sit outside like this in the beginning of March.  We should all be grateful for being …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 15th Annual David Tiano Lecture  

Thursday, February 25, 2020, 6:00 p.m.  As Delivered Καλησπέρα everybody!  Let me start, President Saltiel, my friend David, Mayor Elisaf, guests, friends, let me say what a huge honor it is for me to join you for the 15th Annual David Tiano Lecture, which our Consulate has organized over many years to honor the memory of …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at “Career Path” Webinar

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Athens Energy Dialogues

Ambassador Pyatt with Marissi Baliousi Athens Energy Dialogues, Fire Side Chat Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12:45 p.m.  Delivered (virtual)  Marissi Baliousi, Editor-in-Chief Capital.gr: Ambassador to Greece, Mr. Geoffrey Pyatt.  Your Excellency, thank you for joining us. Ambassador Pyatt: Thank you for having me, Marissi.  It’s great to be with the Athens Energy Dialogues.  Marissi Baliousi: Mr. Pyatt, …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks Mindspace University Finals Pitching Competition 

Friday, January 29, 2021, 7:30 p.m. – Zoom Delivered (virtual, live)  Announcement of Winners:  Thanks, Dimitri.  I will have some remarks to offer at the end, but at this point, let me just say thank you especially to all of our judges for supporting this fantastic project, and it was really nice to spend some time with …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Digital Economy Forum 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks for the 2020 CoMuseum International Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the SingularityU Summit

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Opening Remarks for Hamilton Virtual Discussion

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Conversation with Alexia Tasouli Thessaloniki Summit

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AmCham Greece Egypt Cyprus MOU Ceremony 

 Elektra Metropolis Hotel, Athens  Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 2:40 p.m.  Delivered (podium)  Καλησπέρα σας.  Niko, Elias, it’s a tremendous pleasure to join you and my colleagues and friends, Ambassadors Cohen and Garber, for the signing of this MOU to enhance economic, business, and trade collaboration among our respective countries.  I also want to congratulate the …

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Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger’s Interview with “Eleftheri Thraki” Newspaper

October 19, 2020 Eleftheri Thraki: What does your visit to Alexandroupoli signify? DCM Burger: Alexandroupoli plays a strategic role in the United States and Greece’s shared vision of building European energy and regional security. Our Ambassador has visited Alexandroupoli a record number of five times, and several other U.S. officials have visited, including representatives from …

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

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

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Ambassador Remarks at Tech Academy Virtual Closing Event Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 5:30 p.m. Delivered (Zoom)

Dimitri, Filippos, all of our partners there, thank you for letting me join today.  Like you, I’m eager to be able to start doing these things in real life again before too long, but this is where we are for now, and in particular, I want to congratulate you for having this whole virtual training …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Press Statement at Elefsina Shipyard 

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

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Conversation with Ambassador Pyatt, Olympia Forum

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview to “Naftika Chronika”

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at The Economist Greek Government Roundtable

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AmCham HealthWorld Conference 2020 

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview to Real News

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

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Ambassador Statement following Meeting with Governor Tzitzikostas

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

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Readout of Call between President Trump and Prime Minister Mitsotakis

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

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Ambassador Statement to Media with Deputy Minister Karaoglou 

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

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

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

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Communist China and the Free World’s Future

SPEECH BY MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE YORBA LINDA, CALIFORNIA THE RICHARD NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM JULY 23, 2020 GOVERNOR WILSON: Well, thank you very much, Chris. Most generous. I’m not sure your grandfather would have recognized me. I have the great pleasure – in addition to welcoming all of you to the Nixon birthplace and library, I have …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AmCham Panel

Ambassador Pyatt: “So our engagement with Greece is founded on the principle that Greece is indeed a pillar of stability, a reliable NATO ally that shares our values, with deep ties to the United States.  Also a strategy which believes that a stronger and more secure Greece actually serves America’s interests, which is what has …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Opening Remarks at Transatlantic COVID-19 Cooperation

Ambassador Pyatt:”So I’m very proud of where we are with the U.S.-Greece relationship today.  The relationship as a whole is better than it’s ever been, we’re working together every single day to strengthen our defense and security ties, to work on regional problems, including our collective interest in seeing that all the countries of the …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s 2020 Athens College Commencement Address

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Message to NCH Capital on Kassiopi Project Groundbreaking Event

Kassiopi, Corfu Saturday, July 11, 2020 Read by Consul General Greg Pfleger Dear Mr. Santis, While I regret that I cannot be there in person to celebrate NCH Capital’s achievement, I would like to congratulate you on today’s groundbreaking on your luxury tourist resort.  During Prime Minister Mitsotakis’s visit to Washington earlier this year, he announced …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s statement to ANA after visit to Thessaloniki Jewish Museum

July 9, 2020 Ambassador Pyatt: It’s a great pleasure to see my friend David Saltiel, the head of the Jewish Community in Greece, but also former Mayor Boutaris in his capacity as the president of the organizing group for the [Holocaust] Museum of Thessaloniki. This is an extremely important initiative for Greece, for the city of …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Statements to Media at Cisco with Mayor Zervas

Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement to Media with Mayor Zervas at Cisco International Innovation Cente Thursday, July 9, 2020, 5:00 p.m. Καλημέρα σας.  Let me start by saying what a pleasure it is to be back here in Thessaloniki with Mayor Zervas.  It’s hard to believe he’s only been in office for 9 months given all that’s been accomplished.  I’m especially …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Tech Academy Event

Ambassador Pyatt: “Greece took a big step forward with Microsoft with their decision to acquire legal software for government platforms and that help set the stage for Greece getting on to the Microsoft agenda in Redmond. We saw the recent acquisition bought by Microsoft and SoftoMotive, which I love because it is a good example …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Video Remarks at the 8th Regional Growth Conference in Patras, July 3, 2020

Panel: Digital Transformation of Regional Businesses Καλημέρα. Minister Georgiadis, panelists and friends, thank you for inviting me to share this video message with you at the start of your panel. As you all know, Patras is close to my heart, and I was really sorry to miss the Race of Sacrifice to Kalavryta this year …

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Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt’s Remarks to Sister Cities International with Greek and American Mayors

June 18, 2020 Thanks, Christine, for the generous introduction. Leroy, delighted to meet you, and more importantly, really pleased we were able to partner with Sister Cities International this way. I’ve been an American diplomat for 31 years now, and one of the things that I have learned across my career representing the United States …

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Special Envoy Lea Gabrielle at Delphi Economic Forum

Lea Gabrielle U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center of the U.S. Department of State. Delphi Economic Forum June 10, 2020 Special Envoy Gabrielle: Thank you very much for that kind introduction, Professor Panagiotou I have to tell you, being here feels quite a lot like my time back in TV news …

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Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt: Delphi Economic Forum

June 10, 2020 Alexia Tasouli:  Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.  My name is Alexia Tasouli. I’m a journalist, and I have the honor today to have a discussion with the Ambassador of the United States to Athens Mr. Geoffrey Pyatt.  And discussion that I think is going to be very interesting and a very useful …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement at Speaker Kostas Tasoulas Meeting

Tuesday, June 9, 2020 Καλημέρα.  Let me start by saying thank you, Mr. President, for those generous remarks.  I wanted to start my conversation today here in the cradle of democracy by sharing with the President some observations about the historic process that’s underway in my country, in the United States right now.  I described the wave …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Envipco Mobile Recycling Center Launch at Alimos Beach for World Environment Day

Friday, June 5, 2020, 12:00p.m. Delivered   Καλημέρα. I think that’s the only time that we’ll be able to say I’m offering an assist to Giannis Antetokounmpo. Minister Theodorikakos, Governor Patoulis, Mayor Kondylis, colleagues, friends.  Thank you for joining us at this socially distanced celebration of World Environment Day, and thank you to the Ministry of …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Junior Achievement Awards Ceremony

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Ministry of Health

Ambassador Pyatt: “I want to congratulate Minister Kikilias for his leadership of that effort, the Deputy Minister, but also the hundreds of Greek doctors, hospital workers, nurses, ambulance drivers, the real heroes of this story over the past several months.  This is a historic time, it’s something that we will all remember, but I think all …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Op-Ed for “Ta Nea”

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Discussion with TV Journalists

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

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Ambassador Pyatt: Greek Investor Guide, Video-Part 1

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

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Ambassador Pyatt: Greek Investor Guide, Video-Part 2

Greece: A Key Ally in Southeastern Europe Transcript from Video Published March 20, 2020 The U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross made very clear when he was in Athens that the time to invest in Greece is now. That’s the view of the United States government. It reflects our strong interest in the success of …

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Ambassador Pyatt: Greek Investor Guide, Video-Part 3

The Time to Invest in Greece is Now Transcript from Video Published March 20, 2020 American investors are looking to the Greek economy in a new way. One, of course, is energy. You see a very large new investment from Exxon Mobile jointly with Hellenic Petroleum and Total.  Also General Electric has come back to the …

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Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt: Sharing Strategic Goals

Ambassador Pyatt to an exclusive interview to Greece Investor Guide: “Greece has transformed itself from a source of problems to a source of solutions on the international stage and is a pillar of stability in the broader region; meanwhile relations between Washington and Athens are at an all-time high.”

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U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt and Deputy Assistant Secretary Matt Palmer Statements to Press at Alexandroupoli Port

March 7, 2020 Ambassador Pyatt: Καλημέρα σας. Let me start by saying what an honor it is for Deputy Assistant Secretary Palmer and I to be joined today by Minister Karamanlis. The Minister and I had the opportunity a year ago to travel in this region together visiting his ancestral home in Serres, and we …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview to SKAI TV

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement to Media at Litohoro

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 I just want to say, first of all, I think you saw fantastic evidence of what I was talking about in Stefanovikio, which is both the unique operating environment that Greece provides, the way in which this range facilitates the enhancement of interoperability between the United States and our Hellenic Armed …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at DIKTIO Panel on “Prerequisites for Peace and Stability in the Eastern Mediterranean”

Grande Bretagne Hotel, Athens Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 7:30 p.m. Thank you very much. Καλησπέρα σας. I will start by saying, Anna, thank you very much for the invitation. I want to thank the entire DIKTIO network for organizing this event and inviting me to be with you for what I think is a very …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Greeting to the 1st RouteLab in Kalamata

Friday, February 7, 2020 Regional Governor Nikas, Mayor Vasilopoulos, President Xigoros, Mr. Plemmenos, Mr. Kabiotis, colleagues, friends, καλημέρα σας.  Thank you for inviting me to Kalamata for the first stop of RouteLab 2020.  I’m pleased to be able to spotlight and uplift local entrepreneurship and innovation in such a beautiful and richly storied part of Greece, and …

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DCM David Burger’s Remarks at the 14th Annual David Tiano Lecture

“Leon Benmayor” Hall of the Jewish Community, Thessaloniki Καλησπέρα σας και καλή χρονιά! Good evening, President Saltiel, former Mayor Boutaris, dear guests and friends, I’m delighted to be back in Thessaloniki and, for the first time, to attend the 14th Annual David Tiano Lecture, organized by our Consulate in Thessaloniki to honor the memory of …

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DCM David Burger’s Remarks at the Digital Communication Network Hub and Atlantic Council Digital Forensic Research Lab Training

Καλησπέρα σας και χρόνια πολλά! I looked on my way over and saw that you were hunting for bots. I hope you had good luck finding them. [laughter] And I do want to thank Anna, Lukas and Roman for coming and providing this course. We’re really pleased to partner with the Atlantic Council and its Digital …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Brown University Alumni New Year Pita Cutting

January 27, 2020  Ambassador Pyatt:  Thank you, Dimitri.  I’m going to just sit here because that podium is very tall, and it will make me feel like I’m delivering a lecture, and I feel tonight like I’m really among friends, and what I want to do is actually have more of a conversation.  So I’m …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the AmCham New Year’s Reception Pita Cutting

Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel, Athens Thursday, January 23, 2020, 8:30 p.m. Καλησπέρα σας. Χρόνια πολλά! Thank you, Niko, I want to begin, first of all, by acknowledging our friends who are here tonight, in particular, Minister Georgiadis, also Minister of Tourism Theoharis I have learned over four years that I need to keep my AmCham pita …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Opening Ceremony for Deree’s Newly Renovated Library

Deree Library, American College of Greece, Athens Thursday, January 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. Thank you, Claudia. Καλησπέρα σας.  President Horner, Mayor Zorbas, friends, administrators, students, thank you for inviting me to speak this evening and to join in this inauguration of this beautifully renovated library.  I got a sneak peek of the renovations a few …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Propeller Club Pita Cutting Ceremony

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Exchange Program Alumni Reception

Ambassador’s Residence Thursday, January 16, 2020, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Good evening, everybody. Welcome. I’m going to make this relatively brief. This is a wonderful group of people. I love these events. These are some of my favorite events of the year. I just wanted to say a couple of quick words. Before I get to my …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s interview to ERT Journalist Dimitris Apokis

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

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Launch of Digital Communication Network (DCN) Southeast Europe Hub

December 13, 2019 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Remarks by Consul General Gregory Pfleger Καλησπέρα σε όλες και όλους. Thank you very much for being here. Thank you very much for having me here as the Consul General of the United States in Thessaloniki. It is a tremendous honor, honestly, and on behalf of the Ambassador, …

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Ambassador Pyatt Interview to Armed Forces Network

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview with CNN.gr

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the American Hellenic Institute

American Hellenic Institute Panel “Allies of the U.S. in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Importance of Pillars of Stability in a Sea of Instability?” Grande Bretagne Hotel (Gold Room), Athens Thursday, December 5, 2019 Ambassador Pyatt:  Thank you, Fanis.  Καλησπέρα.  Let me start before I forget by saying what a terrific pleasure it is for me …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Envipco Plant Inauguration

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at ONEX Syros Shipyard Inauguration

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 3rd Women in Business Forum

Hilton Hotel, Athens Monday, November 25, 2019, 3:45 p.m. Καλησπέρα.  Good afternoon, everybody.  Let me start, Niko, Litsa, Elias, by thanking you for inviting me to participate in this Women in Business Forum.  I’m told this is the third one, I’m not sure how I missed the first two, but I suspect it has something …

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Ambassador Pyatt at DelphiDC Panel: The Deepening US-Greece Strategic Relationship

November 19, 2019 Washington D.C.   US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt Greek Ambassador Haris Lalacos Nicholas Logothetis Drake Behrakis Heather Conley Konstantinos Kyranakis  Chair: Katerina Sokou   Moderator:  …How do you think we can move forward [inaudible]?  What makes sense for such a relationship [inaudible]?  And further institutionalize with specific security guarantees and [inaudible]. Ambassador Pyatt:  …

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Ambassador Pyatt at Delphi DC Panel: How to Deepen the Bilateral Relationship Via Congressional Action

November 18, 2019 Washington D.C. US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt Antonis Diamataris Mike Manatos Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) Endy Zemenides, Moderator Ambassador Pyatt: — part of government in a bureaucracy.  Mike was one of the first people who I looked to when I was getting ready for this job and trying to figure out how I …

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Opening Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger at Annual Museum Conference

Benaki Museum Pireos 138, Athens Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 9:30 a.m. Καλημέρα σας.  Mr. Manginis, Ambassador Smith, friends and guests, it’s exciting for me to be here at the beautiful Benaki Museum to participate in my first Museum Conference.  Now in its ninth year, this is a flagship program of our Cultural Office, a long-time …

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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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The United States and Greece: Showing the Way Forward

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

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Dendias

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

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

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

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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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Grow with Google Presentation: Remarks by DCM David Burger

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

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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 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 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: 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’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 Inauguration of American Airlines Direct Flight from Chicago-Athens

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

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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 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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DCM’s remarks at STRIVE Conference and Study Launch

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

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

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

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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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