“Cooperation between Greece and the United States must become even stronger and I know that it is President Biden’s intention to further deepen the Greek-American strategic relationship,” said US Ambassador Jeffrey Payat, speaking at the Athens Energy Dialogues.
The US Ambassador to our country focused on the energy prospects of Greek-American cooperation and the role of Greece in Southeastern Europe. In particular, Jeffrey Payat pointed out that “Greece has an important role as a driving force of energy security and energy diversification in Southeast Europe” and described as very important that even during the pandemic, major infrastructure projects such as the TAP pipeline, the IGB interconnector with Bulgaria, the floating regasification unit in Alexandroupolis, the new gas connection between Greece and Northern Macedonia, are in progress.
Underlining the importance of these projects in Greece, the US ambassador said that they are redesigning the energy map of Europe and helping to reduce dependence on Russian gas, while declaring the US determination to continue to support them.
He made special reference to the day before yesterday in a telephone conversation between Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, describing the warm and urgent focus of the Biden administration on the way the United States and Europe work together to promote common climate targets “. He even said that he is very excited about what the two countries can do in this area.
Also from the telephone conversation between Nikos Dendias and Anthony Blinken, Mr. Payat pointed out from the relevant announcement issued by the State Department, “the continued US support for the 3 + 1 dialogue between Greece, Israel, Cyprus and the United States” . In this context, the US Ambassador highlighted the importance that the US attaches to energy, noting that this is part of our broader focus strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean. Stressing further on Greece’s regional role, the US Ambassador expressed US support for the East Med Gas Forum initiative and the “very important messages from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Energy Minister and Foreign Minister that Greece supports an open architecture in these regional cooperation mechanisms “. At this point, the US ambassador to the peaceful settlement of disputes and to international law made special reference, emphasizing that it should be the guiding principle of regional cooperation mechanisms. He expressed the hope that the energy will become a lever of cooperation, noting that this is already happening. It is not only between Greece, Israel and Cyprus, but the way you see cooperation now with Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, he said.
Regarding the prospects of the Greek energy market, he said that “the sky is the limit” and noted that during his tenure in our country, Greece has emerged as an important regional energy hub. Referring to the opportunities that Greece presents in this sector, he said he was very optimistic that this sector will remain one of the really bright points of the very strong and dynamic relationship between the USA and Greece.
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