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US Ambassador Pyatt: Greece Playing Key Role in US-Europe Relationship

The National Herald

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 United States has spent the last 70 years fostering relations with Europe, and Greece has a special role to play in that, US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt said in a brief address at the Economist conference in Athens on Friday.

"Fifty-four percent of foreign direct investment in the US comes from Europe, and 64% of foreign direct investment in Europe comes from the United States," he said, adding, "We see Greece as a key ally in a volatile region; a pillar of stability that we are investing in as part of the US strategy to anchor the western alliance."

Pyatt briefly reviewed the collaboration between the US and Greece, from countering terrorist threats to providing a base at Souda Bay on Crete. He said the US also appreciated "Greece's efforts to deepen relationships with other key regional players, including Egypt and Israel," as developing these regional relationships "directly supports NATO's goal of increasing and improving cooperation between NATO and the Mediterranean Dialogue countries."