US Ambassador Pyatt: Prespes Agreement Contributes to Region’s Prosperity, Security

FILE - US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt at the 70th anniversary celebration of the Fulbright Foundation Greece, Monday, April 23, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Yiannis Panagopoulos)

ATHENS – The Prespes Agreement contributes to the prosperity and security of the region and is a turning point for Greece, which is a pole of stability in the region, US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt said on Monday, while speaking to the Athens Energy Forum 2019.

Asked about the reactions to the Prespes Agreement in Greece, he noted that he had been very careful to steer clear of Greece’s domestic issues, adding: “I was encouraged by the remarks made by main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who placed empasised on bilateral relations between Greece and the United States. His policy, added Pyatt, is that, while he might disagree with the Agreement, he intends to move forward.

Referring to the two countries relations in the energy sector, he noted the arrival at Revythousa of the first liquified natural gas shipment from USA while two other shipments carried by the Mytilineos group are to follow. He noted that projects such as the TAP pipeline, the Greek-Bulgarian pipeline, the floating liquified natural gas station in Alexandroupolis and Revythoussa prevent a Russian monopoly in the region and expressed the US’s support for the dialogue between Greece, Israel and Cyprus, as well as the effort to begin a new chapter of dialogue between Greece and Turkey, ahead of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ visit to the neighbouring country.

The US envoy also underlined the strong interest of US companies for Greece’s energy sector, referring especially to hydrocarbon exploration, renewable energy sources and others.