Visit of Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Elizabeth Neumann to Greece

AS Neumann with Olga Georovassili (State Department Photo)

In the context of our ongoing law enforcement and counterterrorism cooperation as well as our preparations for the inaugural U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue next month, Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary (A/S) for Threat Prevention and Security Policy Elizabeth Neumann visited Athens and Chios from November 26-29.

During her visit, A/S Neumann met with Minister of Citizen Protection Olga Gerovasili, Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs George Katrougkalos, representatives from New Democracy and think tanks, and law enforcement officials.  On Chios, she met with Mayor Vournous, Hellenic national police, coast guard and FRONTEX and visited the Migrant Reception Center and Chios Port. At the end of her visit, A/S Neumann said, “We are pleased with Greece’s strong cooperation through the Visa Waiver Program, as well as efforts to deepen our counter-terrorism and security cooperation, including on border security and information exchange. We have a shared understanding of the challenges we all face from the migration crisis and the impact it has had on the Greek islands.”

In all her meetings, A/S Neumann stressed that her visit would provide an important basis for the discussions conducted during the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue on December 13.