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Bilirakis and Pappas New Co-Chairs of Congressional Hellenic Caucus

Congressional Hellenic Caucus
Republican Congressman Gus Bilirakis. Public Domain

The Congressional Hellenic Caucus for the 118th Congress was launched last week with co-chairs Congressman Chris Pappas (NH-01) and Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-012).

The two co-chairs were joined by vice Co-Chairs Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (NY-11) and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-01) on February 7 at the Delphi Economic Forum.

“As a proud Greek-American, I’m honored to launch the Hellenic Caucus for the 118th Congress,” said Co-Chairman Pappas.

“I’m committed to working alongside our bipartisan caucus leaders to advance sound policy that promotes the values of Hellenism and strengthens the relationship between the United States, Greece, and Cyprus.

We must work to bolster security cooperation, strengthen economic ties, and deepen energy cooperation with our democratic allies in the Eastern Mediterranean. I look forward to building on the successes from the last Congress and continuing this work with a growing bipartisan group of Hellenic Caucus members.”

“Greece and Cyprus have proven to be strong and unwavering allies of the United States. Their strategic location, natural resources and intellectual capital create a natural partnership to address economic, energy and counter-terrorism issues in the Middle East and Europe,” said Co-Chairman Bilirakis.

“With the instability Russia has created in the region it is more important than ever to have reliable allies working together to advance our shared interests.

“As we kick off the 118th Congress, the Hellenic Caucus looks to build upon the success it has previously achieved and to enhance opportunities for greater cooperation between these countries. Doing so is critical for the United States as we seek to promote economic stability and national security.”

Congressional Hellenic Caucus

The Hellenic Caucus, founded in 2006, serves to bring a renewed congressional focus on key diplomatic, military, and human rights issues in a critical part of the world.

The topics on which the Caucus focuses include increased Turkish aggression, the development of economic and security opportunities with Greece and Cyprus, the conflict on Cyprus, the status of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, energy production in the Eastern Mediterranean, and other developments in the Aegean.

Additionally, the Caucus works to strengthen ties between the United States and its most steadfast and reliable allies: Greece and Cyprus.

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