Mitsotakis-Menendez discuss Afghanistan and regional issues during meeting

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis US Senator Bob Menendez August 26 2021

Regional and international issues of common interest were discussed during a meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with US Senator Robert Menendez on Thursday.

More specifically, they discussed developments in the wider region, the Eastern Mediterranean, North Africa and the Balkans, as well as the Middle East, with particular focus on the situation in Afghanistan.

Mitsotakis underlined that “we are really looking forward to the completion of the U.S.-Greece Defense Partnership Act of 2021, which I believe will be a milestone legislation that will further cement the progress we have made in our bilateral relations.”

For his part, the US senator praised Greece’s leadership in various issues, including democracy and tackling climate change, as well as in the recent “challenge of fires.”

Menendez highlighted the fact that lives had been saved during the fires and noted that, while property is always something to lament the loss of, lives are the most important thing.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis US Senator Bob Menendez August 26 2021

The meeting also noted the very high level of Athens-Washington relations, as well as the even greater potential for their continuous expansion and deepening.

Menendez, a longtime friend of Greece, is visiting Greece to meet with the state and political leadership on the occasion of the 200th anniversary since the 1821 Greek Revolution that achieved independence from the Ottoman Turks.

The senator will speak on Thursday, at 21:00, at the Acropolis Museum, at an event organised by the “Greece 2021” Committee, in the context of the Forum “Greece in 2040”.

Meanwhile, Athens mayor Costas Bakoyannis decorated the Chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee with the Medal of the City of Athens at a special event held earlier at the Athens City Hall.

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