US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt visited Washington this week with a delegation of Greek investors to discuss US-Greek ties at the Atlantic Council Headquarters.
The visit was part of the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative in partnership with the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the Athens Exchange Group.
The Greek delegation included Greek Alternate Finance Minister George Chouliarakis, Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Katerina Sokou and American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce President Simos Anastasopoulos.
The discussion focused on ways to improve relations and foster closer ties between the two countries. Following Greek uneasiness concerning the US influence in Greece following the fall of the military junta in 1974, there has been a huge improvement in attitude with a Kapa research poll recently showing that 73 per cent of Greeks would prefer to move forward with the US as an ally.
During her intervention, Ms Sokou addressed relations following the 7 July Greek elections when the conservative opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to become Greece’s next Prime Minister.
“Ambassador Pyatt, we are seeing an improvement of the bilateral relations of Greece and the US during your time in Athens and likely one of the best US-Europe relationships right now,” Ms Sokou said.
“Do you expect this to continue after the snap elections that have been called for on 7 July, if New Democracy comes to power, as is projected? And I am asking that, bearing into account that New Democracy presents itself as the party that traditionally has been pro-Western, pro-European in its approach to these issues, but also because they didn’t support the Presses Agreement. Do you expect them to abide by the agreement when they come to power? And what can the US do to help normalise relations between Greece and Northern Macedonia while keeping in mind Greece is a pillar of stability?”
Ambassador Pyatt responded that he has “absolute confidence in the positive trajectory of the US-Greece relationship” and had no doubt at all that it would continue to develop should Mr Mitsotakis become the new leader.