Bob Menendez, a United States Senator for New Jersey, met with the President of the Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos and other high ranking officials in Athens on Monday morning.
Menendez is the senator who, together with Republican Marco Rubio, recently introduced bipartisan legislation to reshape American strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean and strengthen the ties between Washington, Athens, Nicosia and Tel Aviv.
The high-level meeting was held in Athens’ Presidential Palace and was also attended by the American ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt.
In an interview with Kathimerini newspaper on Sunday, Menendez said that the prospects that have been created in the eastern Mediterranean through the deepening of cooperation between Greece, Cyprus and Israel are very optimistic.
The legistation Menendez and Rubio put forward seeks to update US strategy in recognition of developments occurring lately in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the recent discovery of large natural gas fields. The increasingly warm ties between the US and the Mediterranean lands also reflect a deterioration of Turkey’s relationship with the United States and Washington’s regional partners.
After meeting with President Pavlopoulos, Senator Menendez paid a visit to the headquarters of the Greek Ministry of Defense, where he met with Defense Minister Evangelos Apostolakis.
Menendez was also in Cyprus several days ago, where he met with a number of Cypriot officials.