WASHINGTON D.C. – Deputy foreign minister Yannis Valynakis will represent Greece at the 3rd EU-Latin America & Carribean summit to take place in Mexico on May 27-28, it was announced Friday. Valynakis, who was in the US with prime minister Costas Karamanlis, will remain in there for a few more days for meetings with US officials media, foreign policy institutes and representives of the Greek community in the US, from where he will head directly to Mexico, the foreign ministry said.
Valynakis also met on Friday with undersecretary of state for political affairs Marc Grossman, while on Monday he will meet with assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs Elizabeth Jones.
He is also due to discuss matters of Greek interest with experts on European policy and cross-Atlantic relations at the invitation of the Western Policy Centre, before heading for Chicago for meetings with Greek community representatives, and then on to Los Angeles on Tuesday. In LA he will meet with the officials at the Rand Corporation and the Pactific Council on International Policy, before attending a working lunch with the LA Times editorial board.
On Wednesday, he was due to head to Mexico for the summit, leaving for the return to Greece on May 28 with a brief stopover in Tampa, Florida to address the 12th congress of the Panhellenic Federation of Florida.