U.S. Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic Geoffrey R. Pyatt is traveling to Ankara from 15 – 16 February 2018, the US Embassy in Athens said in a statement. Pyatt will have also consultations with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell and several of his regional counterparts to discuss a range of topics, including our ambitious energy agenda where coordination with Ambassadors from Baku to Belgrade is intrinsic to our strategy, the statement added.
The US embassy in Athens dismissed Turkish media report that Payatt will meet with the leadership of the Turkish diplomary.
“Contrary to press reports, he will not be meeting with Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.”
Pyatt will be heading to Ankara amid a fresh escalation between Athens and Ankara after a Turkish Coast Guard Board rammed a patrol boat of the Greek Coast Guard on Monday.