Broad agenda for Kerry’s visit to Athens

4 December 2015
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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet US Secretary of State John Kerry in Athens on Friday, during the American official’s one-day visit to Greece. The meeting will take place at Maximos Mansion.

Kerry will then meet with Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias at the ministry. Following the expanded talks between the two delegations, the two ministers will make joint statements to the media.

The main issue to be discussed will be the Cypriot issue. In his official visit to Cyprus on December 3rd, Kerry stated that the US is committed, will remain committed to Cyprus and its people and will continue to support its leaders. Other issues included in today’s agenda for the US Secretary include Greek-Turkish relations, which have acquired more importance following the Russian-Turkish tensions, and the issue of security following the Paris attacks.

Another major topic of discussion will be developments in energy. The relevant discussion has already opened after the first meeting between Kotzias and Kerry last April in Washington and the visit of US special envoy and coordinator for international energy relations, Amos Hochstein.

Hochstein supported the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and the Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB Pipeline) and described Greece as a strategic partner in the wider region.

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