Tsunis: Greece can expand its role as an energy hub

ATHENS – The United States has a strong and historic relationship with Greece because it is trusted to act reliably, US Ambassador George Tsunis said on Tuesday during the first press briefing after his meeting with the Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias earlier today.

The two officials had exchanged notes verbales on the ratification of the second protocol of amendment to the MDCA by Greece and the United States respectively.

Tsunis, who presented his credentials to the Greek President on May 10, noted that US President Joe Biden is very familiar with Greece and its bilateral relationship with the United States. Referring to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’ visit to the White House on May 16, he said the White House appreciates that Greece was among the first countries to introduce sanctions against Russia, despite the historic ties between the two. country and its dependence on Russian natural gas. .

Much of the ambassador’s remarks concerned Greece’s role as an energy hub and factor of stability in the region. He revealed that the United States plans to invest in the electricity network to strengthen the interconnection between Greece, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt. The system, he noted, could send power to the Balkans and as far as Moldova and Ukraine, while the Greek economy would also benefit from the crossing fees. He also called for more floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities, allowing larger quantities of LNG to arrive in Greece which could then be distributed in the Balkans.

Greece’s greatest advantage is its cultural heritage, the US ambassador said, particularly its pool of highly skilled workers. The US-Greek relationship firmly established in geopolitical terms allows Greece to mature in other sectors, with a focus on bilateral economic, trade and investment relations, said Tsunis, who is his expertise as a ‘business man.

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