Mike Pompeo welcomed 2021 by posting on twitter a series of photographs celebrating the New Year, among them a spectacular photo of fireworks over the Acropolis.
The US Secretary of State included photos of Athens on New Year’s Eve, along with Berlin and Sydney to highlight how “the world has benefitted from four great years of America First.”
Happy New Year. Celebrating the start of 2021 all around the world. The world has benefitted from four great years of America First. Watch this space. pic.twitter.com/1SM7CLE2NR
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 1, 2021
Under the stewardship of Pompeo, relations between the US and Greece have reached the highest point of recent decades.
During his September visit to Greece he hailed the country as “true pillar of stability” in the Mediterranean, adding that the relationship between the two countries was “at an all-time high.”
He also announced that Souda Naval Base on Crete would become the home for the giant vessel the USS Hershel “Woody” Williams.
He added that US-Greece military cooperation “has been enhanced significantly.”
Deeply impressed by my visit to @NSA_SoudaBay. Thanks to the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement @NikosDendias and I signed last year, our military-to-military relationship has been enhanced significantly. The strong @NATO Alliance continues to contribute to regional security. pic.twitter.com/xOORGIn2Gt
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 29, 2020
During his visit to Cyprus, earlier in September, Pompeo expressed his concerns about Turkey’s recent actions in the Eastern Mediterranean.
“We remain deeply concerned about Turkey’s ongoing operations searching for natural resources in areas over which Greece and Cyprus assert jurisdiction in the Eastern Mediterranean,” he stated.
He also expressed his disapproval over Turkey’s decision to convert Hagia Sophia from a museum into a mosque.
The US top diplomat had previously released a statement urging Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to not convert the UNESCO World Heritage Site into a mosque.
In early December 2020, he delivered a blunt message to Turkey, saying that Ankara undermines NATO cohesion.
He referred to Turkey’s “provocative” activities in the eastern Mediterranean, Libya, Syria and Nagorno-Karabakh;
He also added that last year’s Turkish acquisition of the S-400 missile system was a “gift to Russia” from a NATO ally.