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US, Greece Strengthen Ties by Inking Mutual Defense Agreement

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Nikos Dendias and Antony Blinken during their joint press conference in D.C. on Thursday. Credit: YouTube/Department of State

The US and Greece strengthened their bilateral ties on Thursday by opening a new round of strategic dialogue and signing the renewal of the Mutual Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA).

At a ceremony at the Department of State, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken described Greece as a reliable ally and pillar of stability, during his joint statements with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

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Blinken thanked Greece on behalf of US President Joe Biden, not only for the renewal of the defense agreement, but also for the good relations between Greece and the United States.

For his part, Dendias said that Greece’s actions are based on peace, while reminding that our country faces a threat of war from Turkey if it exercises its sovereign rights.

The Greek Foreign Minister also referred to the defense cooperation between Greece and France, emphasizing that it strengthens the European arm of NATO.

The two ministers will also inaugurate the third round of the Greece-US Strategic Dialogue.

Deepening of US -Greece cooperation

Greek Defense Minister Nikos Penagiotopoulos told Ta Nea newsdaily on Saturday that Greece and the US have chosen to invest in the existing four military bases in Greece. “I believe that, at this stage, the deepening of the cooperation is more important than expanding in other locations. This position obviously expresses both sides,” he said.

“The United States is and will continue to be a key strategic partner of Greece,” Panagiotopoulos said. “The MDCA reflects exactly this relationship, which has been constantly upgraded over the last years.”

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