“Unlike President Trump, Joe will call out Turkish behavior that is in violation of international law or that contravenes its commitments as a NATO ally, such as Turkish violations of Greek airspace,” as stated in the text issued by Joe Biden’s election campaign.
In the announcement entitled “Joe Biden’s vision for Greek Americans and US–Greece Relations,” a detailed reference to the US vice president’s long-standing ties to the Greek-American community is made. In addition, it describes in detail what Joe Biden has done to promote Greek-American relations and sets the signal for the policy to be adopted if elected in the upcoming elections.
According to the election promises to the Greek-American community, Joe Biden will continue to be a strong voice for religious freedom globally, including the rights of the Greek Orthodox Church. Furthermore, he will work with our close ally in Greece to promote stability in the Eastern Mediterranean. As stated in the same text, “Unlike President Trump, Joe will call out Turkish behavior that is in violation of international law or that contravenes its commitments as a NATO ally, such as Turkish violations of Greek airspace.”
In the section referring to what has Joe Biden done about Greek issues, it is noted that Joe has long been a strong supporter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and given unwavering support for the ability of the Patriarchate to function in its role as the center of the Greek Orthodox Church. He treasures his visit in 2011 to the Patriarchate and each of his meetings with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. He has called on Turkey to permit the reopening of the Halki Seminary and criticized the recent decision of the Turkish government to convert the Hagia Sophia into a mosque.
Moreover, it is stressed that Joe recently called on the Trump administration to press Turkey to refrain from further provocative actions in the region against Greece, including threats of force. Joe Biden also considered it a special honor that he was awarded by the OXI Day Foundation in 2016 and that he received the Athenagoras Human Rights Award in 2015.