Hagel to Avramopoulos: We’ll always have Souda bay

Greek Minister of Defense Dimitrios Avramopoulos and United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel held concrete discussions, concerning their nation’s military bilateral cooperation at a meeting at the Pentagon.

Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby’s statement can be read below:

“Secretary of Defense Hagel expressed his gratitude for our strong military relationship with Greece and for the hospitality of the Greek people in hosting U.S. forces in Souda Bay, Crete. Secretary Hagel and Minister Avramopoulos spoke at length about their bilateral military-to-military cooperation as outlined in the U.S.-Greece Defense Cooperation Roadmap. The roadmap highlights joint training and exercises undertaken by the United States and Hellenic armed forces, and other security cooperation activities. Secretary Hagel also thanked Greece for its international contributions to the Balkans and the Middle East.”

“The two leaders agreed to keep in close contact, especially to work toward a successful NATO Summit in September.”