Greek Defence Minister, U.S. Ambassador Visit Works at Alexandroupolis

FILE - Ambassador of the United States to Greece Mr. Geoffrey R. Pyatt and Greek Defense Minister Mr. Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos in Alexandroupolis. (Eurokinissi/Press Office MOD)

Greece’s Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos and U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt on Friday paid a visit to the port of Alexandroupolis to observe the work underway for raising the sunken dredger “Olga”, which is taking place with funding from the U.S. Army. They were accompanied by the shipping ministry’s secretary-general for ports, Evangelos Kyriakopoulos, and the U.S. Consul in Thessaloniki Gregory Pfleger.

In statements during the visit, Panagiotopoulos said there was a “following wind” in Greek-U.S. relations and noted that the raising of the sunken ship will allow bigger ships to dock at the port of Alexandroupolis, boosting the prospects of the port, the city of Alexandroupolis and the surrounding region of Thrace.

He also highlighted the importance of the city’s geostrategic position, the port’s developmental and economic prospects and the energy prospects of the region, in addition to the strategic relations of partnership and trust with the United States.

Referring to the possible use of the port by U.S. military forces when the need arose, Panagiotopoulos said that this “further strengthens our strategic defence relationship with the United States and its cooperation with the Greek armed forces, thus contributing to regional stability and security. This strategic relationship of cooperation between the two countries is a central strategic policy of this government.”

The U.S. has been Greece’s great ally in war and peace, the minister added, and the two countries were now working together to establish stability in the region, with the raising of the dredger as “tangible proof of a relationship of cooperation that has grown slowly but steadily, and now at a faster rate, into a strategic relationship of trust”.

The minister emphasised that Greece was a peaceful and democratic country but one “that is ready at any time to defend and fully protect its sovereign rights, which arise from international treaties and international law and our own national rights, for the benefit of every Greek man and woman.”

Pyatt, on his part, referred to the port as a “crucial link for European energy security and economic growth” and emphasised the prospects created by its future privatisation, as well as America’s relationship with the city. He expressed hope that the privatisation will be done “in a way that makes it attractive for U.S. companies to participate in the tender.”

US Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt and Greek Defense Minister Nikolaos  Panagiotopoulos Tour The Port of Alexandroupolis (Eurokinissi/Press Office MOD)

The ambassador pointed out that Greece and the U.S. had chosen to cooperate closely in this part of the country “to promote our common interests and promote security”, referring to the military cooperation between the two sides.

“The embassy’s cooperation with the U.S. Army Europe and the Hellenic Army helps deepen our relations with Greece,” Pyatt said, adding that he looks forward to the next transfer of military equipment and personnel to Stefanovikio.

“We are cooperating as partners but also as allies and our relations are at their best point,” he said.

On the raising of the “Olga”, the ambassador noted that the U.S. army has given 2.3 million dollars to finance the work, which will enable the full use of the port’s capacity for both trade and military uses, while enhancing regional security and stability.

He went on to stress the importance of Alexandroupolis as an energy hub.

“Our work together benefits Greece, deepens our cooperation and strengthens the region,” Pyatt said.

3 Comments

  1. Is this a place where civilizations will clash? And if so, will Greece be supported or betrayed?

    By the way, that is a 48 star US flag in the photos.

    1. John, Permanent war is longstanding US policy. Today it’s military Keynesianism on steroids.

      With all categories included, spending for militarism, warmaking, maintaining its global empire of bases, so-called homeland security, black budgets, and related areas is more than double official the so-called National Defense Authorization Act amount.

      The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) put global military spending at $1.8 trillion dollars in 2018.

      US military-related spending exceeds the rest of the world combined. Yet the nation’s only enemies are invented. No real ones existed since WW II ended.

      Along with propping up friendly despots, they’re involved in toppling sovereign independent governments, wanting them replaced with pro-Western puppet regimes..like Mistotakis and Tsipras!.

      State Department official said there’s “no timeline” for withdrawal of US troops from the country, adding:

      “The president has made the decision that we will withdraw our military forces from Syria, but that it will be done in a deliberate, heavily coordinated way with our allies and partners.”

      US forces remain, no plans to withdraw them. Pompeo, Bolton, and their henchmen undermined a pullout.
      The US illegally occupies about 30% of Syrian northern and southern territory, numerous Pentagon bases maintained in the country.

      Last week, Fars News said US troops “are currently stationed at 18 military bases and centers in the occupied regions of Syria.”

  2. Cont…

    John .. what do you think U.S war criminals and mongers are interested in ..building up Greece..to support the U.S government, now the acknowledged Terrorist organization waging hot wars, cold wars, economic wars, financial wars, trade wars, anti-social justice wars, anti-human rights wars, anti-democracy wars, propaganda wars, sanctions wars, tariffs wars, protest wars, homeland wars, and environmental wars on multiple fronts worldwide, ordinary people everywhere the losers. New wars could erupt without warning. The threat of possible nuclear war is ominously real by accident or design.

    John,.. Geoffrey Pyatt is now the leader of Greece with the State Department.. and wishes to add more U.S Bases to the 890 military bases in 82 countries and growing at a cost of 850 billion dollars a year to maintain, or representing almost 55% of all U.S revenues each year!

    The only regional security agreement is between the ruling parties of Greece and Cyprus and the degenerate neo nazi’s mobsters in the U.S State Department and C.I.A is to protect them and their positions… not to protect Greece or its people!

    As an American.. you should be outraged to see all this money spent on foriegn countries ..that do not benefit any Americans, except the Oligarks, but leave us with a annual 1 trillion dollar deficit ..which is now amassed at 23 Trillion dollars for all the criminal wars and occupations of foreign countries!

    Do you really have to ask this question!

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