Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be taking a three day trip to the United States to help his daughter, Dafni Mitsotakis, settle in at Yale University in Connecticut.
Mitsotakis’ trip was announced by the Greek government’s spokesman Giannis Oikonomou.
“I would like to inform you that the Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis is leaving today for the USA. His trip is exclusively private,” noted the spokesman.
Dafni Mitsotakis at Yale University
The Greek PM is going to the USA to help his youngest daughter Dafni settle in the country as she will be studying at Yale University in Connecticut. Mitsotakis will return to Greece on Monday, August 30th.
Although the PM’s trip to the US is not work-related, it closely follows US Senator Bob Menendez’s meeting with Mitsotakis in Athens today.
Mitsotakis’ trip to America comes shortly after meeting with Senator Menendez
Menendez, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been a consistent supporter of Greek positions and with his fellow senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) he initiated the East Med Act, which promotes US relations with reliable partners in the region including Greece, Cyprus and Israel.
Greek diplomatic sources told AMNA that the visit of Senator Menendez marks the strategic nature of Greek-American relations, the deepening of Greek-US defense cooperation and the role of Greece as a pillar of stability and peace in the wider region, through the new architecture of alliances in which our country participates.
Menendez, who is expected to deliver a speech at the Acropolis Museum later on Thursday, has recently called on the U.S. Administration to provide additional assistance to Greece in its efforts to deal with the devastating fires which were raging across the country in August.
“Greece is a close and valued NATO ally. I urge the Administration to take all measures necessary to support the people of Greece in their time of need,” Chairman Menendez said.
Groundbreaking Act to boost relations with Greece, Cyprus
The bipartisan Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act, introduced by Menendez and Rubio and signed into law on December 20, 2020, is a comprehensive bill that recognizes the vital importance of Greece and Cyprus in the region.
- Promotes the continued development of a new energy triangle in the Eastern Mediterranean by encouraging natural gas exploration (especially by the Republic of Cyprus in its Exclusive Economic Zone)
- Lifts the outdated arms embargo on Cyprus, allowing it to purchase U.S. made military equipment
- Provides millions for the International Military Educational Training program and Foreign Military Assistance to both Greece and Cyprus
- Restricts the sale of F-35s to Turkey until Turkey becomes a more reliable ally and requires a joint resolution of Congress before F35s can be physically transferred to Turkey
- Requires a report from the Departments of State, Defense and Energy on Turkish violations in the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean. Specifically, the report will examine Turkey’s encroachment on Cyprus’s Exclusive Economic Zone and violations of Greek airspace.
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