Greece Joins 'Artemis' Space Cooperation Agreements


Greece's Foreign Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis and Secretary of State Antony Blinken completed their meeting at the State Department by signing Greece's accession to the "Artemis" space cooperation agreements.

The signing ceremony took place during the 5th Strategic Dialogue between the two countries. The ministers expressed the strengthening of US-Greece relations and discussed various topics, including regional developments, defense and security, humanitarian challenges, energy and environment, law enforcement, counterterrorism, trade and investment, and the bonds between the two peoples.

Greece’s Foreign Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis smiles after signing the Artemis Accords for the U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue with, standing from left, President of the Hellenic Space Center Ioannis Daglis, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a ceremony on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Blinken emphasized the gratitude for the partnership between the US and Greece, while Gerapetritis highlighted the imminent acquisition of up to 40 F-35 fighter jets, demonstrating the depth of Greek-American relations. The ministers also discussed the importance of substantive collaboration at both bilateral and global levels, particularly in addressing regional conflicts and promoting peace. Gerapetritis mentioned Greece's role in the Eastern Mediterranean, its support for EU enlargement, the Cyprus issue, and its efforts in the Middle East to prevent further humanitarian crises. He also mentioned Greece's hosting of an International Conference for Ukraine's reconstruction.

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