Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with a delegation of the US House of Representatives

(Dimitris Papamitsos / Greek Prime Minister's Office)

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met today, in Maximos Mansion, with a cross-party delegation of the US House of Representatives, headed by the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Adam Smith, in the presence of the US Ambassador, George Tsunis.

During their meeting, Kyriakos Mitsotakis underlined the exceptional level of the Greek – US relations and the strategic relationship between Greece and the US. He pointed out the progress that has been reported with regard to the military cooperation of the two countries, based on the second Protocol of Amendment to the US-Greece Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA). He also stressed Greece’s role as a pillar of stability, peace and security in the wider region.

The Prime Minister focused particularly on the strategic importance of Alexandroupolis as regards the energy supply and energy security. He stressed that Greece, apart from being an energy import gateway into Europe, is turning into a hub for data management and storage, with investments by companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Google.

They also discussed the instrumentalisation of energy from the Russian side at the expense of Europe. Kyriakos Mitsotakis informed the delegation of the US Members of the House of Representatives on the support measures implemented on a national level by Greece, as well as the proposal for a cap on natural gas wholesale prices – an initiative by Greece – which is supported by 14 more member states of the EU.

The Prime Minister also informed his interlocutors about the extreme and escalating aggressive rhetoric of the Turkish side, as well as the questioning of Greek sovereignty, which is unacceptable. He also pointed out that the country will not tolerate a violation of its sovereignty or sovereign rights.

He reiterated that Greece’s positions are based on International Law, the Law of the Sea and the principles of good neighboring relations and reaffirmed Greece’s steady position in favor of understanding and dialogue based on this framework.