Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis welcomed today at his residence in Chania, the United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The Prime Minister’s private meeting with Mr Blinken was followed by an enlarged working meeting.

During the meeting the two sides reviewed the whole spectrum of Greek-American relations. It was confirmed that, in the context of the excellent level of these relations, there will be further positive steps in the field of defence cooperation in the coming period.

Furthermore, the Prime Minister and Mr Blinken exchanged views on international and regional issues, focusing on developments in the Middle East.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his growing concern about the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the risks of an escalation of the crisis, with all that this implies for regional stability and security.

The Prime Minister reiterated the need for an unimpeded flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza and stressed that the solution can only be political, based on a two-state solution in accordance with UN resolutions.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Antony Blinken also exchanged views on developments in Ukraine. The US Secretary of State expressed his gratitude for the support that Greece has provided to Ukraine from the very beginning.

Moreover, they discussed the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Prime Minister reiterated Greece’s firm and long-standing position in favour of the peaceful resolution of disputes and good neighbourly relations based on International Law, principles that ensure regional stability and security.

The meeting was attended on the Greek side by Minister of Foreign Affairs George Gerapetritis, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandra Papadopoulou, the Director of the Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Office Ambassador Anna Maria Boura and the Advisor to the Prime Minister for Global Affairs and Strategic Communications Aristotelia Peloni.