Washington (ANA-MPA/T. Ellis) – U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Nicholas Burns and main opposition PASOK party Deputy and former public order minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis discussed issues concerning domestic and international terrorism, the abolition of visas for Greek citizens and developments in Kosovo during a luncheon hosted by the former at the State Department and attended by Greek Ambassador to Washington Alexandros Mallias.
Burns later said that “Mr. Chrysohoidis is a personal friend and a friend of my country and he was my guest. We have great respect for his person and for all that he did as public order minister to crack down on the problem of terrorism in Greece. He showed leadership and courage and all his friends do not forget what he did. We spoke about all issues and about our support for strong bilateral relations between Greece and the United States.”
Chrysohoidis termed the meeting “friendly and informal”, adding that Burns is “a person with whom I have close ties from the time of his tenure in Athens. He plays an important role in his country and all over the world and we discussed a series of issues of mutual concern.”