ATHENS – Despite some criticism – led by The National Herald – that he’s partial to the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA whose regime he keeps praising – in an election year – US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt’s term will reportedly be extended until 2020.
He was nominated in July 2016 by then-US President Barack Obama and while serving now under President Donald Trump, has been part of an American strategy to get closer to the Greek government and expanded a U.S. military presence.
That has seen relations between the countries called the best ever by both sides, ironically with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ party having been anti-American and anti-NATO but now seeing him back American interests and supporting the defense alliance.
The National Herald Publisher, Antonis H. Diamataris, had written that Pyatt had become such a Tsipras supporter that it was perhaps time to be moved to another post before he caused more damage.
The United States was also the honored guest at the 2018 Thessaloniki International Fair and Pyatt’s mantra has been that Greece is “a pillar of stability in the region,” despite a still wobbly economy, an ongoing refugee and migrant crisis, and Tsipras’ government sympathetic to vacations from jail for a terrorist mastermind of the disbanded Nov. 17 terrorist group that killed 23 people.
That included five Americans attached to the U.S. Embassy over the years with the American government and Pyatt tweeting denunciation of the furloughs before returning to business as usual with the Leftist government.
That has drawn criticism that the U.S. is intervening in Greek domestic affairs and politics and rewarding Tsipras for his assistance as he is reeling in polls and far behind the major opposition New Democracy with elections required to be held by October.