State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary Visits Athens

(Athens, June 17, 2015) – On June 17-18, U.S. State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Amanda Sloat, is visiting Athens to meet with Greek government officials and private sector representatives.

She will discuss with senior officials in the Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry a range of issues and regional developments including Cyprus, Ukraine, energy security, Greece’s negotiations with creditor institutions, and international efforts to counter the threat posed by ISIL.

During her June 17 meeting with Alternate Foreign Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, DAS Sloat reaffirmed the messages of President Obama and Treasury Secretary Lew, underscoring the urgency of Greece making a serious move to reach a pragmatic compromise with its creditors, and noting that failure to reach an agreement would create immediate hardship for Greece and broad uncertainties for Europe and the global economy.

During her visit to the region, Deputy Assistant Secretary Sloat has traveled to Malta and Italy, and will continue her travel in Cyprus.