US Secretary of State Pompeo and FM Dendias reaffirm a strategic relationship in Thessaloniki

The meeting between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias was concluded on Monday in Thessaloniki.

Issues of bilateral, regional and international interest, with emphasis on Greece-US Strategic Dialogue, defense and energy cooperation dominated the meeting as well as the developments in the wider Eastern Mediterranean region.

In a tweet shortly before leaving Washington on Sunday, Pompeo, who is the first US Secretary of State to visit Thessaloniki, said: “Back on the road and heading to Europe to reinforce our strong bilateral relationships and the importance of sustained regional cooperation. First stop: Thessaloniki, Greece.”

During his visit to Thessaloniki, the US Secretary of State will also participate in a round table discussion on energy, in the presence of Environment and Energy Minister Costis Hatzidakis, followed by the signing of an agreement on scientific and technological cooperation between Greece and the USA, in the presence of Development and Investment Minister Adonis Georgiadis.

The visit of the head of American diplomacy will end with his visit to the Jewish Museum in Thessaloniki.

After Thessaloniki, the US Secretary of State will travel to Crete, where he will visit the Souda Naval Base to underline the strong US security partnership with Greece.

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