US Ambassador Jeffrey Pyatt reiterated Washington’s position that the Greek islands are entitled to EEZs and continental shelves, as the mainland, and in accordance with the international law.
His comments were made during a meeting with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Tuesday.
At the centre of the meeting were the regional issues, the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean and Libya.
“An important opportunity today with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to reiterate our support for a ceasefire in Libya leading to a political resolution & our call for all external parties, including Russia AND Turkey, to stop shipments of arms & jihadists that are deepening the violence. Also affirmed once again our legal understanding that islands are entitled to EEZ and continental shelf, just as mainland”, the American ambassador pointed out in a post on twitter after the meeting.
It is also recalled that two weeks ago, a few hours after the signing of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) between Greece and Italy, Greek Parliament President Constantine Tassoulas met with US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt.
“The role of the US is important and based on the fact that Greece is a pillar of stability in the region, of course this alliance is one of the top priorities for the United States,” said Pyatt, adding that the US was cooperating closely with Greece especially in matters of defence and security “let alone in the region of the Southeastern Mediterranean and in cooperation with countries such as Cyprus and Libya.”