Kotzias to inform US on state of Greco-Turkish relations
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias will visit with US officials in Washington starting on Monday, Radio Proto reported.
This is the first visit of Greek diplomat to the US after, Donald Trump took office, and is considered important following the tense climate in Greco-Turkish relations.
Kotzias will meet with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, National Security Adviser Herbert McMaster, representatives of Congress, and Diaspora officials.
The Foreign Minister is expected to discuss relations between Greece and the US, the Cyprus problem, the Greco-Turkish relations – including the tension in the Aegean with Turkey’s fly-overs in the Dodecanese region – energy issues, regional issues, and EU-US relations.
According to ANA-MPA’s information, the Greek Minister will inform officials in Washington about the country’s geostrategic role in the region, Greece’s contribution to regional stability and its position as an ally and dialogue partner on energy cooperation, the refugee crisis, and in fighting terrorism.
Kotzias is expected to inform US officials about Greece’s initiatives with Balkan, Eastern Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern countries, in building bilateral relations, to bring security and peace to the region.