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U.S. Neutral on Greek-Turkish Maritime Dispute

The United States has not taken any position on the recent dispute between Greece and Turkey regarding the issue of maritime borders. Asked about the Turkish warnings that it would not tolerate any extension of Greece's territorial waters, a State...

State Department thanks departing Greek FM Kotzias

The U.S. State Department thanked departing Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias for the Prespa agreement and for his role in improving Greece-U.S. relations. These comments came on Wednesday following Kotzias' unexpected resignation, and were related to Greece's state-run ANA-MPA news...

U.S. Warns Turkey Over Tensions in Cyprus

The United States discourages any actions or rhetoric that increase tensions in the region, a State Department official said, replying to a question regarding the Turkish provocations in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). “The U.S. policy on Cyprus’s EEZ is...

US Backs Greek Decision to Expel Russian Diplomats

  The U.S. State Department has welcomed the decision by Greece to expel two Russian diplomats accused of supplying funds to protest groups opposing the “Macedonia” deal signed between Athens and Skopje last month. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert tweeted: “We...

US State Department Hails 'Historic' Greece, FYROM Deal

The United States has welcomed the "historic agreement" to resolve the name dispute between Greece and FYROM. A statement by the Department of State congratulates Prime Ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev and says that the deal will benefit both...

Washington Urges Greece, Turkey to Calm Down

The U.S. State Department has encouraged Greece and Turkey to "de-escalate" current tensions in the Aegean, after a Turkish coast guard vessel rammed a Greek patrol boat on Monday night near the Imia islets. "Turkey and Greece have long-established diplomatic...

US State Department Ranks Greece Among Safest Countries for Tourists

Greece ranks among the safest countries for American tourists, according to a new system recently issued for the country's travelers by the U.S. State Department. The country was placed in Level 1 by the travel advisory program. Level 1 urges...

State Department Flags IDs and Porous Borders as Terrorist Concerns in Greece

Greece remains a cooperative counterterrorism partner, says a report published on Wednesday by the State Department. The report, however, highlights two areas of concern: the national ID card is extremely vulnerable to alteration and photo substitution and the porous nature...

State Department Report Outlines Human Rights Situation in Government-Controlled and Turkish Occupied Areas of Cyprus

The 2015 State Department Report on Cyprus said the most significant problems in the Republic of Cyprus continue to be trafficking persons for sexual exploitation and labor, police abuse and degrading treatment of persons in custody and asylum seekers,...

State Department: Every Country Has the Right to Control its Grounds

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon highlighted on Friday that the borders must remain open because "such border restrictions do not apply with the Convention of 1951 for the Status of refugees and the 1967 Protocol, because the individual definition...