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:  …

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

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

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U.S. and Greece Mark Significant Increase in Educational Exchanges

ATHENS, November 19, 2019 – According to the Open Doors 2019 survey findings, published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), the number of Greek students studying in the U.S.A. increased 5.3% during the 2018/19 academic year, while the number of U.S. students in Greece increased 20% during the 2017/18 academic year.

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Ambassador Pyatt’s remarks at Foreign Affairs International Conference on Religious Diplomacy

The United States is committed to working with Greece and other democratic partners to defend religious freedom abroad.  That’s why the Ambassador for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback visited Greece in May, and why we appreciated Foreign Minister Dendias’ participation in the Second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom.  This was the largest-ever human rights conference, …

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Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Palmer Roundtable

On the record November 6, 2019 DAS Palmer:  I’ll start maybe with just a few thoughts up front.  It’s a real pleasure and a privilege to be back here in Athens.  The U.S.-Greek relationship is phenomenally strong.  It’s the strongest in my memory.  I think it’s the strongest in the memory of anyone who’s working …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at StartUpNow Forum

Ambassador Pyatt: “First of all, let me say what a pleasure it is to be here.  I always find it enormously encouraging to see how much is happening in the Greek startup space, and it’s a real pleasure for me to be here with my Dutch and Norwegian counterparts and to talk about a little …

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U.S. – Greece Strategic Dialogue 2019

Joint Statement Regarding the Second United States-Greece Strategic Dialogue 2019 Media Note Office of the Spokesperson October 7, 2019 The Governments of the United States and Greece held the second United States-Greece Strategic Dialogue in Athens, Greece, on October 7, 2019.  Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias and U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo launched the Strategic …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at WINDMission Greece Conference 2019

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Theon Sensors Signing Ceremony

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

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Ambassador Pyatt at Ridge Global Cyber Security Presentation

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

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Remarks by A/S Reeker at the U.S. – Greece Strategic Dialogue

A/S Reeker: “Greece is a key ally and partner of the United States, and as Secretary Pompeo has just said two days ago here in Athens, Greece is a pillar of stability in this region. When we launched the Strategic Dialogue process last December, we were making a strategic investment in the relationship between the …

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The United States and Greece: Showing the Way Forward

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

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo and Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Dendias

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview to Thraki Net

The funding, $2.3 million for the removal of the sunken dredger, is being provided by the U.S. Army in Europe.  It reflects our desire to continue cooperating very closely with our Greek military counterparts to take advantage of Alexandroupolis as a location to facilitate the transit of U.S. military goods and equipment between Greece and elsewhere …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Welcome Reception for 2019-2020 U.S. Fulbright Grantees

I would encourage you to think of yourselves as Ambassadors for the United States, for what we represent, for our values, for our tolerance, for our traditions, but also take advantage of this fantastic opportunity that you have. This is a magical country with an incredibly rich culture, a fantastically welcoming society, and literally millennia …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s remarks at Navarino Challenge Press Event

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 7th Regional Growth Conference, Western Greece

The United States government wants to do everything that it can to assist in Greece’s full economic recovery, which is why I am here today to highlight the great potential I see in this beautiful and economically significant region of Greece.  Or, as my friends at Pelopponisos wrote back in May, I want to share …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks: Alexandroupoli Port Press Conference

Alexandroupoli is a crucial link to European energy security, regional stability, and economic growth, so it makes sense that the United States and Greece have chosen here to work together to advance our shared security and economic interests. This project to remove the sunken dredger “Olga” is proof of our commitment to the US-Greece alliance.  …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Global Agripreneurs Summit

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

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FACT SHEET: Alexandroupolis Port

Alexandrouplis Port Fact Sheet Port Facts: The port of Alexandroupoli is well positioned to support exercises in the region due to its existing infrastructure and strategic location. As allied and partner nations continue our extensive training programs in the region, the ports in Greece are of significant importance for the flow of personnel and equipment. …

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Grow with Google Presentation: Remarks by DCM David Burger

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

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Remarks by Ambassador Pyatt at Thales Awards Event

I see in Greece the same highly educated, curious, creative human capital and the same wealth of natural resources as in my home state, which is why the U.S. Embassy has made continued, concerted efforts to help grow Greece’s entrepreneurial sector and encourage U.S. investment and partnerships with Greek companies.

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Ambassador Pyatt’s remarks at ONEX event at TIF

Today there are 400 workers and hundreds more citizens of Syros who are in a stable employment situation because the shipyard has come back to life.  But equally important, this strategic asset is in the hands of an American company. So this is a win/win for everybody.  For Greece, for Greece’s long maritime traditions, but …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AmCham TIF Press Conference

“We are very pleased to return to the 84th Thessaloniki International Fair and to join Ambassador Jain in India’s celebration as Honored Country.  Our renewed presence at TIF 2019 will focus on sharing American experiences and expertise in entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology through a series of events, keeping alive the “agora of ideas” which was …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Interview With Kathimerini’s Vassilis Nedos

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 23rd Economist Government Roundtable

Greece has persevered through immense challenges while maintaining its democracy, rejecting extremism, and now paving the way for further economic growth. Importantly for my government, Greece has also transformed from being a source of problems to a source of solutions for the strategically important region of the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the 4th of July Celebration in Thessaloniki

But in the midst of all these changes, I think it’s important to emphasize what will not change: the lasting commitment of both the United States and Greece to deepening our bilateral relationship.  I was in Washington last month, and I’m happy to report that stock in the U.S.-Greece relationship is higher than it’s ever …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at ACG Deree Commencement Opening Remarks

You, Deree, and millions of others form the people-to-people ties that weave our nations closer together than ever before. And on a personal note, my Embassy and I are grateful for the smart, driven Deree students we host each year as Embassy interns. We welcome and depend on their contributions to advance our bilateral relationship.

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 2019 Fulbright Foundation Awards Ceremony

As Fulbright enters its seventh decade with a new logo that, for me, evokes the magical blues of the Aegean Sea, it’s clear that Fulbright Greece is at the forefront of a dramatic rise in U.S.-Greece educational and cultural exchanges.  Over the past six years, the number of Americans studying in Greece has increased 80%, …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at AmCham HealthWorld Conference 2019

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Chinook and Kiowa Helicopter Arrival Ceremony

The Kiowas represent a different kind of opportunity: an important addition to Hellenic military capability at a tremendous savings. The Kiowas will cover an immediate gap in Greece’s attack and observation helicopter requirements and will further the Hellenic Army’s goal of establishing two operational aviation brigades, enabling stronger Greek participation in NATO and EU operations.

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Ambassador Pyatt: Greece as a Geostrategic Ally

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

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Ambassador Pyatt Led Greek Business Delegation to Find Growth Opportunities in U.S.

“Investing in the United States is a great growth strategy for any Greek company, and as the Greek economy rebounds, I’m happy to see such wide interest,” said Ambassador Pyatt. “Greece had one of the largest delegations relative to its size and its biggest delegation ever this year, and I was proud to bring them to the U.S. …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Inauguration of GE Wind Energy Park Kato Lakomata

Ambassador Pyatt, March 15 – The U.S. is the world’s leader at combining wind, solar, and storage technology and connecting it with existing grids, so I’m delighted that GE, as well as other American companies like Tesla are exploring opportunities in this sector of the Greek economy.  Increased use of renewables further diversifies sources of …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at 7th Annual HAF Air Power Conference

Ambassador Pyatt, May 15 – “Building off of several years of intensive engagement, the Strategic Dialogue confirms the commitment of both the U.S. and Greece to institutionalize our cooperation in ways that transcend day-to-day politics in both of our democracies.  And that cooperation is more important now than ever.

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Economic Chamber of Greece

The United States will continue to stand by Greece’s side as a steadfast partner in its economic recovery.  Building on several years of intensive engagement and the landmark success of last year’s Thessaloniki International Fair, our governments kicked off the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue in Washington last December to lock in the important shared gains in …

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Junior Achievement Awards Ceremony

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

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Ambassador’s Remarks at the Unveiling of Monument in Honor of American Philhellene Dr. Howe

I am proud to be here today for the unveiling of this monument, which will be a reminder not only of a Greek and American hero, but of the ελευθερία and δημοκρατία that we hold dear and the enduring φιλία between our two nations. And as you approach your bicentennial in 2021, I expect we …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Gilman Scholars Regional Career Summit 2019

Across town at the American Farm School, the very impressive program called “New Agriculture for a New Generation” trains young people across Greece in the latest farming techniques and technologies while encouraging cooperation and innovation in the agro-food and alternative tourism sectors.  They are so important in Greek economy.

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Prix Galien Greece Awards Ceremony

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Article on NATO’s 70th Anniversary

When the NATO Treaty was signed on April 4, 1949, by the original twelve Allies, President Truman said they were “not only seeking to establish freedom from aggression and from the use of force in the North Atlantic community, but… striving to promote and preserve peace throughout the world.” That remains the collective aspiration of …

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Hellenic Army at Sandhurst Military Acacemy for the First Time

The Sandhurst competition is the world’s premier international academy military skills competition that inspires excellence through rigorous and mental challenges. Chief First Sergeant Four Year Cadet Choupis Anastasios, Hellenic Army Academy, Greece, talks about the importance of building relationships with other countries.

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at the Athens Science Festival

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

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Statement by Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt at Iniohos 2019 exercise in Andravida

It’s very, very impressive to see how Iniohos has grown. It’s a fantastic illustration of the unique role that Greece is able to play because of your geography, the unique set of partners that Greece pulls together for this exercise, the unique opportunities to fly over water, high mountains, over a very large airspace, and …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Panhellenic Exporters Association Annual Conference

More broadly, Greece has so much potential to grow its goods and services exports, and one of the goals of the Strategic Dialogue that we launched in December between our two countries is to unlock that commercial potential to build lasting bridges of trade investment between our two countries.

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Panorama of Entrepreneurship and Career Development

Following our presence at the Thessaloniki Fair, the U.S. and Greece launched our Strategic Dialogue in December.  This initiative reflects a U.S. decision to make a significant investment in our relationship with Greece, to lock in and expand the important gains in our bilateral relationship – including on economic collaboration in areas like energy, trade …

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

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

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

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

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Proclamation on Greek Independence Day, 2019

March 18, 2019 On the 198th anniversary of Greek Independence Day, we celebrate the rich history and enduring bond between the United States and Greece.  Our strong alliance and unwavering friendship are rooted in mutual respect and a shared commitment to freedom, justice, and democracy. The common bond between the United States and Greece is rooted …

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On the Occasion of Greek National Day

Secretary Pompeo (March 25, 2019) – The United States and Greece have enjoyed enduring friendship and cooperation embedded in our shared democratic values and common interests. We work together to promote trade and investment, regional stability and security, and the diversification of energy resources.

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Joint Declaration Between Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and the U.S. After the 6th Trilateral Summit

The governments of the United States, the State of Israel, the Hellenic Republic, and the Republic of Cyprus met yesterday in Jerusalem to affirm their shared commitment to promoting peace, stability, security, and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean region. Secretary Pompeo underlined U.S. support for the trilateral mechanism established by Israel, Greece, and Cyprus, noting …

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Remarks at Launch of Public Awareness Campaign

I’ve often pointed out during my time as Ambassador to Greece, that the foundation of our bilateral relationship, is the people-to-people ties.  And now,  through this series of profiles that we’re going to be launching in Greek media starting tomorrow,  we aim to demonstrate our dedication to building bridges across the Atlantic that deepen our …

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Remarks by President Trump at Greek Independence Day Celebration

March 18, 2019 East Room 5:50 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Wow. That’s a nice crowd of people. So we were just given this great hat. You know what that says? Huh? “Make Greece Great Again.” Right? (Applause.) Right? Okay. Thank you all very much. A great honor to be here. And so many of my …

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GREEK INNOVATION SHOWCASING AT SXSW®

Thirteen startups representing the best of the best in the Greek ecosystem have been selected to travel to Austin, Texas to participate in the iconic technology, innovation and entrepreneurship festival “South by Southwest” (SXSW®) from March 8-17, 2019, with the support of the Ministry of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, The Hellenic Initiative and the …

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

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

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Ambassador Pyatt’s Statement at Thessaloniki Port

 I remain convinced that the greatest beneficiaries of the Prespes Agreement are going to be right here in Northern Greece as Thessaloniki is restored to its historic role as the capital of the Balkans, the gateway for the Western Balkans to global markets, and the Thessaloniki port is