USA sees Greece play role as energy hub in Med

Geoffrey Pyatt

Geoffrey Pyatt

The US Ambassador to Greece Mr Geoffrey Pyatt, stressed that the USA sees Greece playing a significant role as an energy hub in the Mediterranean.

Pyatt made the comments during his address at the 1st Annual Eastern Mediterranean Energy Leadership Summit, where he reminded his audience that during his visit on October 5 to Athens, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be discussing in details Greece role in the region and in the European Union.

The US Ambassador mentioned Greeceā€™s role in the context of breaking Russia's gas monopoly in the Balkans and emphasised Greece's constructive role in importing US Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) at Revithousa and exporting it to neighbouring Bulgaria.

"We want more LNG imports from the US and redistribution to neighboring countries," stressed Pyatt and called Greece a guarantor of energy security and diversification.

Pyatt said the US aims to "give its allies credible and transparent energy choices" in the energy sector and mentioned the US opposes China's, Iran's and Russia's strategies, then congratulated the Greek government on its stance concerning the Iranian tanker "Grace 1".

Pyatt advocated a Greece-Turkey dialogue on energy issues, which could help build confidence between the two countries.

To read the Ambassadors full speech, please click here.