Thessaloniki – New US ambassador to Greece Charles Ries on Thursday visited the northern port city of Thessaloniki, where he was received separately by Macedonia-Thrace Minister Niko Tsiartsionis, the city’s mayor, Vassilis Papageorgopoulos and the prefect of Thessaloniki, Panayiotis Psomiadis.
In brief statements, Ries noted that northern Greece is significant for Washington due to its position in SE Europe.
Asked by a reporter the name of the region he was touring, the US envoy replied “Greek Macedonia”. He also noted that the United States encourages both Turkey and Greece to cooperate on regional issues, a reply to a press query on whether he is concerned with Ankara’s recent provocations in the Aegean.
On his part, the minister briefed Ries on the government’s priorities for the region, while inviting him to visit the autonomous monastic community of Mount Athos and the museum/tumulus at Vergina.