I am delighted to visit the United States, accompanying Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on an important journey, which highlights the importance of Greek-American relations and brings the strong ties of Greece and the United States to the forefront; ties based on the historical friendship of the two peoples, but also on the shared values and principles that our two countries share.
The strategic relations between our two countries are going through one of their best historic phases, with our multilevel cooperation being strengthened and expanded on a range of issues. Concrete examples of the deepening of our bilateral relations are: the Greece-US Strategic Dialogue, the second round of which was recently held in Athens; the signing of the amendment of the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement between our two countries, as well as the agreement on upgrading its capabilities of our Air Force with significant benefits for the Greek Defense Industry.
At the same time, the adoption of the East Med Act and the United States’ support for the East Med pipeline, which was signed in Athens the previous days, are a tangible recognition of Greece’s role as a reliable partner and pillar of stability in the wider region. Both countries have made an explicit commitment to further strengthen and deepen our multiplex cooperation.
The strong ties between our two countries are embodied, but also supported and expanded by its presence and actions, the Greek Diaspora. Greek Americans have contributed to the prosperity and progress of the United States over the years. But at the same time, they maintained strong bonds with Greece; working as a bridge between the two peoples, but also a powerful and important supporting factor for Greece.
The recently approved granting of voting rights to Greeks abroad is a self-evident step towards a tangible strengthening of the ties between the Omogeneia with our homeland, and in this context, we look forward to an even more active participation of the expatriates in the important decisions that affect us.