Greek government in talks with US on energy security

The Greek government has held meetings with US officials on energy security issues amid the Russia-Ukraine crisis which has seen threats of fuel shortages and rising prices.

On Wednesday, Greek Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Outreach Kostas Fragogiannis discussed energy security in successive meetings with visiting US officials.

The Greek minister met with US State Department Deputy Undersecretaries Laura Lochman (Office of Energy Resources) and Gabriel Escobar (Office of European and Eurasian Affairs).

One of the key aspects discussed was the importance of regional cooperation to enhance energy adequacy and security in Europe through the diversification of energy sources and supply routes, according to a ministry statement. This included the strategic role of Alexandroupolis and the liquefied natural gas project, while Escobar discussed the prospects for economic development and the accession of Western Balkan countries to Europe.

Fragogiannis stressed the importance of linking Eastern Mediterranean energy resources to the European energy market. This is a goal that Greece actively promotes and which will contribute to the wider economic and political stability of the region, they added.

The meetings were attended by outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt and Secretary General for International Economic Relations and Extraversion Ioannis Smyrlis, who also heads Enterprise Greece, the Greek promotion agency Trade.

These meetings follow the recent trilateral meeting between the foreign ministers of Greece, Cyprus and Israel in Athens on Tuesday.

Foreign Ministers Yair Lapid of Israel and of the Republic of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides met their Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias in the “Ioannis Kapodistrias” hall of the ministry.

Ministers focused on strengthening their close cooperation in various fields, such as energy, civil protection, economy and counter-terrorism, with the ultimate goal of promoting peace, security, stability and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean. They also discussed security challenges in the wider region, as well as the possibility of expanding cooperation with other countries.

Dendias first held separate meetings with each counterpart, followed by expanded discussions by delegations from the three countries.

This trilateral meeting follows the one held in Jerusalem in August 2021 and the Trilateral Heads of State Summit held in December, also in Jerusalem.

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