Greece-US relations are strategic and have reached the highest level, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Tuesday during joint statements with his US counterpart Antony Blinken, immediately after launching the 4th Greece-US Strategic Dialogue.
"The Strategic Dialogue concerns seven important areas. It is tangible proof of the dynamics of Greece's relations with the US. Strategic relations have reached the highest level. A solid basis of our bilateral relations are our common principles and values: freedom, democracy, human rights, our adherence to International Law and the principles of the United Nations Charter," Dendias said.
The foreign minister said that the two defence cooperations between Greece and the US sealed the upward dynamic of bilateral strategic relations. He pointed out that their signature proves Greece is recognized as a pillar of stability and security in a constantly changing environment.
Dendias referenced the "dynamic presence" of the Greek diaspora in the US.
Greece fully implements the rules of International Law and the Law of the Sea.
He also reiterated that the Greek foreign policy strategy is based on the complete application of the rules of International Law and the International Law of the Sea, on respect for the principles of the UN Charter, the protection of human rights and the condemnation of the threat or use of force.
He underlined that from the first moment, Greece offered assistance to Ukraine, it immediately agreed with the decisions and sanctions against Russia in the context of its participation in the EU and the UN. In addition, he noted that the Parliament ratified in a short period the accession of Sweden and Finland to NATO.
Blinken: Cooperation between Greece and the US has never been closer
Cooperation between Greece and the US has never been closer, and this reflects the high priority given by President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday during joint statements with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias, after the launch of the 4th Greece-US Strategic Dialogue in Athens.
Blinken once again thanked Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and the Greek people for the immediate and essential help Greece offered to Turkey's earthquake victims.
Defence cooperation is the backbone of the cooperation between the US and Greece.
Defence cooperation is the backbone of the cooperation between the US and Greece, the US Secretary of State underlined and added: Since the signing of the defence agreement update last year, the two countries militaries have been conducting exercises together. It is significant for promoting peace and stability throughout the region.
The US will support efforts to diplomatically and peacefully solve differences between Greece and Turkey
Greece and Turkey are our partners, allies, friends and we continue to cooperate with them and through NATO for security in the region, to resolve issues diplomatically and to avoid threats that only increase tension, Blinken noted.
He added that if the differences are resolved - or when they are resolved - greater opportunities will open up than those we see today for the Greek and Turkish people.
Summarizing, the head of the State Department said that it is important for our friends, our partners to diplomatically and peacefully deal with their differences and that the US will support these efforts.