Nat’l Defense Min. Panagiotopoulos meets with visiting US Asst. Sec’y Cooper

Greek National Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos met on Wednesday with US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs R. Clarke Cooper, who is visiting Greece to October 18.

They discussed defense cooperation, in the framework of the updated Greek-US defense cooperation agreement, a ministry statement said, adding that US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt was also present at the meeting.

Cooper will also be visiting Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Poland “to meet with US allies and partners on expanding security cooperation and defense trade,” the US State Department announced earlier.

In Greece, Cooper will hold consultations with senior civilian and military officials in Athens on efforts to promote peace and stability, from the Eastern Mediterranean to the Balkans. He will then visit Naval Support Activity Souda Bay.

US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt welcomed him to Athens in a message on Twitter: “Welcome to Greece Assistant Secretary Cooper! We look forward to working with you to build on the tremendous progress from US State Department Secretary Pompeo’s historic visit to Greece to advance a military relationship that is among the strongest in Europe.”