The visit to Greece of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – the second in just one year – reflects the key role the country plays in geostrategic planning in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East area.
This is what Government Spokesperson Stelios Petsas said on Monday evening, adding
“(As well as) the special weight of Greece as a factor of stability and security in the wider region,” he added.
Hours earlier, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis flew to Crete where for two days he will host Pompeo at his paternal home to hold talks on issues of common interest.
On Tuesday morning, Mitsotakis and Pompeo – at the head of an expanded delegation – will visit Souda base’s 115 Combat Wing headquarters of the Hellenic Air Force.
Statements to the press by the two officials will follow and Pompeo will depart later in the day.
A cabinet meeting will convene on Wednesday at 12:00, the spokesman said.
Pompeo’s first stop in Greece was in Salonica where he also visited the Jewish community there.