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Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis’ Meeting with Greek Defense Minister Panagiotis Kammenos

Oct. 9, 2018

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Greek Defense Minister Panagiotis Kammenos today at the Pentagon to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Greece.

The secretary thanked Minister Kammenos for his country’s continued support for U.S. basing at Naval Support Activity Souda Bay, a critical logistics hub.

Secretary Mattis also praised Minister Kammenos on Greece’s commitment to 2 percent defense spending and recent signing of a $1.5 billion F-16 upgrade.

He also thanked the Greek defense minister for his country’s recent actions to combat Russian malign activities in the region, and the two agreed to continue to hold Russia accountable.