The Deputy Minister of National Defense Mr. Nikolaos Hardalias yesterday, Friday, October 7, 2022, as part of his official visit to the United States of America, he held a bilateral meeting with the American Deputy Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, Mr. Derek J. Hoganat the State Department.
During the meeting, which took place in a particularly cordial atmosphere, Messrs. Hardalias and Hogan confirmed the long and strong historical, political and cultural ties between the two countries, which stem from their Western heritage, as well as the excellent level of relations which is a milestone for further deepening of bilateral cooperation in multiple fields. They also underlined the close alliance and partnership between Greece and the US in the framework of NATO and international organizations.
The two Deputy Ministers discussed issues of mutual interest with a focus on strengthening the close military cooperation between Greece and the US, which is at its highest level, especially after the signing of the 2nd Protocol to Amend the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA). Emphasis was placed on the use of the infrastructure of Souda, Alexandroupoli, Larissa and Stefanovikei in support of US and Alliance Armed Forces, as well as the strategic value of the port of Alexandroupoli which has not only proven critical in providing support to NATO , after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but emerged as a key regional energy hub for the Balkans, reducing their dependence on Russian natural gas.
In addition, they referred to the current situation and security challenges facing Greece due to revisionist trends developing in the Eastern Mediterranean region, the developments in Libya and the issue of the illegal new memorandum of cooperation between Turkey and Libya in the hydrocarbon sector, as well as Russian invasion of Ukraine and its consequences for regional and global stability.
The Deputy Minister of National Defense, in the context of contacts with the Greek diaspora, hosted a working dinner for the President of the American Hellenic Institute (AHI), Mr. Nick Lariggakiswith whom they discussed the latest important initiatives of the Institute and thanked him for his excellent cooperation and contribution AHI in the strengthening of the strategic relationship between Greece and the USA.
The lunch was also attended by the Deputy Ambassador of the Greek Embassy in the USA, Mr. Theodoros Bizakis, the Defense Attaché of Greece in the USA, as well as the Army, Navy and Air Force Attaches of the Greek Embassy in the USA.
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