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Release No: 553-13
July 30, 2013

Readout of Secretary Hagel’s Meeting with Greece’s Minister of Defense Dimitris Avramopoulos

            Pentagon Press Secretary George Little provided the following readout: 

            “Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel welcomed Greek Minister of Defense Dimitris Avramopoulos today to the Pentagon. 

            “Secretary Hagel thanked Minister Avramopoulos for Greece's continued hosting of U.S. forces at Naval Support Activity at Souda Bay.  Souda Bay is a key enabler of U.S. strategic objectives in the region, the importance of which became apparent during Operation Unified Protector in Libya. 

            “Secretary Hagel praised Greece’s contributions to regional security in the Balkans and expressed appreciation for Greece’s support and cooperation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.  Secretary Hagel and Minister Avramopoulos discussed issues of mutual strategic importance in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and North Africa including Egypt and Syria. Minister Avramopoulos highlighted the partnership between the United States and Greece and pledged to maintain the strong relationship between the two allies. 

            “Secretary Hagel and Minister Avramopoulos agreed to continue joint military training, exchanges, and high level defense consultations, and committed to recognizing these activities through development of a U.S.-Greece Defense Cooperation Roadmap.”