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US Secretary of State Blinken speaks with Greek counterpart Dendias

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken had a telephone conversation with Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Dendias on Monday, the first contacts since Blinken assumed office.

I a statement, the State Department said that Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Dendias emphasized their commitment to further strengthening U.S.-Greece bilateral relations, including through the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue and the 3+1 process with Cyprus and Israel, and close cooperation on defense, energy diversification, and stability in the broader Eastern Mediterranean region.

Secretary Blinken welcomed Greece’s sustained leadership in advancing the Transatlantic and European integration of the Western Balkans.

The Secretary and the Foreign Minister reaffirmed the historic importance of North Macedonia’s NATO accession. The Secretary voiced support for ongoing exploratory talks between NATO Allies Greece and Turkey and congratulated Greece on the occasion of the Greece Bicentennial celebrations this year.

On his part, Nikos Dendias posted on Twitter:

Both recognized that bilateral relations between the two countries have reached their highest level ever.
In this context, ways of further enhancing the strategic cooperation were examined, with special emphasis on the energy and defence fields.
I informed my US counterpart on the deepening of relations with the countries of the Middle East and the Gulf, both bilaterally and in a multilateral context.
I also spoke about developments in the broader region, including Libya, Syria, and the Eastern Mediterranean, making also reference to Turkish actions.

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