Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met today with the Senator and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez.
At the start of their meeting, the Prime Minister and the Senator had the following exchange.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis: It is a real pleasure to welcome you, Mr. Chairman, to Athens, I know Ι welcome a very very good friend of Greece, but also someone who has placed the strategic importance of the Eastern Mediterranean at the centre of US foreign policy. I can tell you how much we look forward towards the completion of the US – Greece Defence Partnership Act, which I think is going to be a milestone legislation that will further cement the progress that we have made in our bilateral relations and I very much appreciate the fact that you have always been a man of principles, committed to human rights and to international law as the fundamental guiding principles which civilized countries use to resolve their differences. So again welcome to Athens. It is always a pleasure to see you and discuss with you.
Robert Menendez: “Efharisto”. “Kalimera” (Thank you. Good morning). It is a great honor, Mr Prime Minister, to be back with you. I think the last time we saw each other was in Washington, when you visited and I gave you a signed copy of the East Med Law. Greece is a central part of that strategic bilateral cooperation.
We are deeply grateful to the Greek people for their hospitality. We are grateful to you for your leadership and deepening our cooperation both in the defense, as well as the economic, energy sectors. We appreciate your leadership on the questions of the day.
On Climate Change and my sympathies go to the Greek people who have lost properties. I appreciate your leadership and how you met the challenge of the fires, where I understand, except for one life of a firefighter, lives were saved and while property is always something to lament the loss of, the lives are the most important thing. So, we appreciate your leadership in that. Climate Change is obviously a cause in the United States and in Greece.
So we appreciate Greece’s leadership in that regard and, lastly, I would just simply say that it is an extraordinary time for our countries and an opportunity for Greece to continue the lead in the world. Leadership also in democracy, which is something that I cherish greatly is extraordinarily important. So, again. Look forward to our conversation and thank you very much for your warm welcome.