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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Tsunis’s Remarks at “The Economist Thessaloniki Metropolitan Summit”

Ambassador Tsunis: “We have to look forward and go forward. And as we go forward, everyone is saying that Greece is the gateway to energy independence for the Balkans. They have the existing infrastructure, and the new infrastructure that is needed is in the process of being built or considered. And we have to support …

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Tsunis’s Remarks at Independence Day Reception

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

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

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

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Ambassador Tsunis’s Remarks at 2022 Fulbright Commission Awards Ceremony 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Tsunis’s Remarks at Credentials Reception

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

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Ambassador George James Tsunis presented his credentials to the President of the Hellenic Republic on May 10, 2022.

Today May 10, 2022 George James Tsunis presented his credentials to the President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou. Ambassador Tsunis said: “It was the honor of a lifetime to present my credentials as the U.S. Ambassador to Greece to The President of the Hellenic Republic Sakellaropoulou today. We are fully committed to working with …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger’s Remarks at SelectUSA Recruitment Event

Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger: “This year’s SelectUSA Investment Summit will take place in June and – I’m pleased to say – 100% in person. The Summit welcomes attendees from around the world as they seek to take advantage of the great opportunities the United States has to offer.  Today’s introductory webinar serves as …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement to Press with Mayor Konstantinos Zervas

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks Inclusivity Lounge

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement at Orion 22 Exercise

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement to the Press at Iniochos 2022

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

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Greece Independence Day: Statement by Secretary Blinken

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Conference

Friday, February 25, 2022, 2:30 p.m. Kalamata, Greece As Delivered  Efcharisto, kalispera sas everybody.  It’s a great honor for me to join you today.  And let me start by saying how deeply sorry I am that events in Ukraine and our work with our Greek allies prevent me from being with you there in person …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 16th David Tiano Lecture

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview with Ptisi and Diastima Magazine

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at ONEX Industry Day

Elefsina February 3, 2022 As Delivered Καλημέρα σας!  Minister Georgiadis, Deputy Minister Kotsiras, George Tsipras – Member of Parliament, my dear friend, the Italian Ambassador, Patrizia, Panos, thank you for having me here today. About two years ago, Minister Georgiadis and I were here in Elefsina at the shipyards.  We spoke then with many of the shipyard workers …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Study in Greece Virtual Fair

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

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Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger Remarks  University of Athens – Harvard University   Launch of the Refugee and Migration Studies Hub

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 As Prepared Kalispera!  It is a pleasure to join you today for this milestone event that enhances the academic partnerships between U.S. and Greek universities. Ambassador Pyatt apologizes for not being able to attend due to a previous commitment, and he sends his warmest wishes for a great start for this partnership. Harvard University and the National and …

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

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

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Statement on East Med Energy Cooperation

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

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Deputy Secretary Sherman’s Call with Greek Foreign Minister Dendias

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 2021 AMVER Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at ATHENA 2021

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Atlantic Resolve Distinguished Visitors Day

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 11th International CoMuseum Conference

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

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

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

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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 Podcast Interview on The Greek Current with Thanos Davelis

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

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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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Joint Statement on Third United States – Greece Strategic Dialogue 

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

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

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

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Greek Foreign Minister Dendias

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

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

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

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President Biden Announces Intent to Nominate George J. Tsunis as the Next Ambassador to Greece

President Biden Announces Key Nominations OCTOBER 08, 2021 WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to serve in key roles: Mari Carmen Aponte, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Panama Douglas T. Hickey, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Finland George J. …

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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 Diversity in Business Conference 2021

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

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

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

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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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U.S. Congressional Delegation Led by Senators Chris Murphy and Jon Ossoff Visits Greece September 5-7, 2021

U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) led a congressional delegation to Greece September 5-7, 2021, during which they met with Prime Minister Mitsotakis, Foreign Minister Dendias, Athens Mayor Bakoyannis, and Opposition Leader Tsipras.  Their visit also included an inspection of United States Naval Support Activity (NSA) Souda Bay in Crete and an engagement with young Greek leaders who are alumni of U.S. Government-funded exchange programs.  The delegation’s …

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

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

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

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

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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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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 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 Remarks at 5th Cretan Energy Conference 

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

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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 Statement to the Press: Special Warfare Command Live Demonstration

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

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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 Hydra Street Naming Ceremony in Honor of American Philhellenes William Washington and George Jarvis

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

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

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

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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 at MOU Signing with EduAct for Thessaloniki TechLab

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

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

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

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Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Remarks at Delphi Economic Forum 

Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry: “Our new bilateral Science and Technology Agreement with Greece sets the stage for even more collaboration in climate science and environmental fields.  The agreement allows us to more easily launch joint research initiatives and to convene experts from our governments, from academia, and the private sector.”

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

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

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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 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 Front Runners in Sports Management 3.0 Webinar

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

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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 Announces U.S. Campaign to Commemorate Greece’s Bicentennial USA and Greece: Celebrating 200 Years of Friendship

Updated February 3, 2021 Athens – On January 14, 2021, U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt announced in an interview with the Greek national broadcaster ERT the launch of U.S. Mission Greece’s year-long campaign to commemorate Greece’s Bicentennial entitled “USA & Greece:  Celebrating 200 Years of Friendship.”  The campaign will include educational and cultural events …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 Remarks at DCN Forum “The World After COVID-19: Digital Troubleshooting”

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

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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 Remarks at Elefsina Shipyard

Ambassador Pyatt: “A successful investment in the Elefsina Shipyard will be good not only for you, the workers, but also for the U.S.-Greece trade and investment relationship and will establish Elefsina again as a critical hub including for the support of LNG tankers, recognizing that Greek-owned LNG tankers account for over 15% of global tonnage.”

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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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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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Ambassador Pyatt’s March 25th Message to the Greek-American Community in Tampa, Florida

March 25, 2020 – As the U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic on this 199th anniversary of Greek Independence, I’m pleased to report that the relationship between the United States and Greece is at an all-time high. Building on the shared values and democratic ideals that inspired both of our nations in their struggles for …

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Greece National Day: Press Statement by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

March 25, 2020 On behalf of the Government and people of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Greece as you celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Hellenic Republic. The alliance between our two countries is stronger and more important than ever.  Building on the shared values and democratic ideals …

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Presidential Proclamation on Greek Independence Day 2020

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

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Matt Palmer “In Conversation” with Nektaria Stamouli

Deputy Assistant Secretary Matt Palmer “In Conversation” with Nektaria Stamouli Moderated Q&A at Delphi Economic Forum Event Grande Bretagne Hotel March 5, 2020 Moderator:  Good afternoon everyone, and thanks to all the distinguished guests joining us here today for this important event.  We are joined today by the Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. State …

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

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

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

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

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Remarks by President Trump and PM Mitsotakis of the Hellenic Republic Before Bilateral Meeting

January 7, 2020 Oval Office 2:20 P.M. EST PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  On behalf of the First Lady and myself, it’s an honor to have the Prime Minister of Greece and First Lady of Greece with us.  We really appreciate it.  We have many things to discuss. The relationship is extr- — …

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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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STEM STARS GREECE: Searching for Greek Science Stars

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

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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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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission David Burger at the Ministry of Education

SAEG Workshop: “Attracting U.S. Students to Greece: Opportunities and Challenges” Ministry of Education, Athens Monday, December 9, 2019, 9:45 a.m. Καλημέρα σας.  I’d like to thank Deputy Minister Digalakis, Secretary General Dimitropoulos, and the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs for hosting us today and for partnering with us on this workshop on opportunities and …

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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:  …