The United States Senate confirmed Antony Blinken as the next secretary of state.
The vote to confirm him was 78-22.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias congratulated Blinken on Twitter: I warmly congratulate @ABlinken on his confirmation as the new @StateDeptSecretary. I look forward to working together to further strengthen the robust Flag of GreeceFlag of United States partnership, to promote peace &stability in the broader region& to enhance the transatlantic bond founded on shared values.”
Antony Blinken has vowed to restore American leadership to the global stage.
“Mr Blinken has a long and distinguished history when it comes to statecraft and foreign relations matters,” said Senator James Risch, a leading Republican on foreign affairs who backed Blinken’s confirmation.
“We will revitalise American diplomacy to deal with and take on the most pressing challenges of our time,” Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on January 19.
“American leadership still matters,” he added, describing the world as one defined by “rising nationalism, receding democracy, growing rivalry from China and Russia, and other authoritarian states.”
Blinken has also pledged to re-engage U.S. allies, rebuild global alliances and lead from a position of “humility and confidence.”
Last week, Antony Blinken expressed his desire to work further to strengthen the security link between the United States and Greece.
Responding to a written question by US Senator Robert Menendez, he described the US-Greece relationship as important for Washington’s interests in the Eastern Mediterranean and spoke positively about US participation in the Greece-Cyprus-Israel trilateral partners (3+1).
“The US-Greece security relationship is important to our interests in the Eastern Mediterranean and has grown significantly as bilateral ties have improved, starting with the Obama-Biden administration,” he said.
“If my appointment is approved, I will work to continue deepening ties between the United States and Greece, as well as Cyprus.”