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Readout of Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan's Meeting with Greek Minister of Defense Evangelos Apostolakis

June 7, 2019

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Jonathan R. Hoffman provided the following readout:

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan met with Greek Minister of Defense Evangelos Apostolakis today at the Pentagon to reaffirm the defense relationship between the United States and Greece.

The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues, including regional security in the Balkans and Black Sea, and the regional effects of great power competition with Russia and China. They agreed to continue working together on NATO burden-sharing and defense modernization priorities.

Secretary Shanahan applauded efforts by Greece and the Republic of North Macedonia to implement the Prespa agreement which will ultimately result in the expansion of the NATO alliance.