Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken Travel to Greece, February 20-21, 2023

February 22, 2023 On his first official visit  in Athens, Greece, Secretary Blinken met with Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis, Foreign Minister Dendias, and Leader of the Opposition Alexis Tsipras to discuss defense cooperation, energy security, and our shared commitment to defend democracy.  Secretary Blinken launched the fourth round of the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue on February ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Niki Lymperaki of Mega TV

INTERVIEW ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE HOTEL GRANDE BRETAGNE ATHENS, GREECE FEBRUARY 21, 2023 QUESTION:  Secretary Blinken, thank you so much for being with us today. SECRETARY BLINKEN:  It’s a pleasure. QUESTION:  I would like to start by asking you whether you’re here in Greece coming from Türkiye with a concrete initiative.  We’ve seen, and you’ve said in an interview, that Türkiye ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken Remarks at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Secretary Blinken: "And over the decades here in Greece, the extraordinary people serving at this embassy have played a central role in strengthening the ties between our countries and advancing the many shared priorities that we have.  This expanded and modernized U.S. presence is a concrete – or maybe I should say marble – investment ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias at a Joint Press Availability

REMARKS ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ATHENS, GREECE FEBRUARY 21, 2023 FOREIGN MINISTER DENDIAS: (Via interpreter) Dear Minister, for the second time today I’d like to welcome you to Athens. Ladies and gentlemen, we have just inaugurated with the – my U.S. counterpart the Fourth Strategic Dialogue between Greece and the U.S.  We also held a constructive ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue

The United States and Greece reaffirmed the unshakeable bonds that exist between the people of both countries based on our shared and principled respect for democracy and its institutions, a commitment to innovation, and an appreciation of education and culture as drivers of economic growth, equality, peace, and security.  Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias Before Their Meeting and the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue Kick-Off

Secretary Blinken: "Today’s discussion builds off of the last Strategic Dialogue that we held in 2021, which I remember very well.  And among other important steps, as you noted, we amended the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement between our countries, strengthening our preparedness and shared security by allowing our troops to train together in new ways ... Read More»

Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis today in Athens.  The two underscored the strong U.S.-Greece relationship.  The Secretary thanked the Prime Minister for Greece’s regional leadership, including its continued support to Ukraine and its role as a regional energy hub.  They discussed the tragic earthquake in Türkiye and ... Read More»

Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis Before Their Meeting

Secretary Blinken: "The role that Greece is playing throughout the region as, as you noted, an energy hub, as a leader on climate, as a leader also for integrating countries further into Europe – the Western Balkans – is making a huge, huge difference and we’re grateful for that." Read More»

The United States and Greece: United by Democratic Values, Advancing Shared Goals for Peace and Prosperity

The United States views Greece as an indispensable partner and key North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Ally supporting NATO’s southeastern flank.  Together, we are advancing our shared goals, united by democratic values, for peace and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean, Western Balkans, Black Sea region, and beyond. Read More»

Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried On Secretary Blinken’s Upcoming Travel to Germany, Türkiye, and Greece

SPECIAL BRIEFING OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON VIA TELECONFERENCE FEBRUARY 15, 2023 MR PATEL:  Hi there, everybody.  Good afternoon and thanks so much for joining us today for this preview call to preview Secretary Blinken’s trip to Germany, Türkiye, and Greece.  This call will be on the record but embargoed until the call’s conclusion.  Joining us today we have our Assistant ... Read More»
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