One of the goals of Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras’ ongoing visit to the United States is to turn Greece into a hub for the servicing and upgrading of American weapon systems, according to Alternate Minister for Defence Dimitris Vitsas, in statements to state television ET1 in Athens, ahead of Tsipras’ meeting with the US president.
“In the countries around us – in the Balkans as well as in North Africa and the Middle East – all weapon systems are American-made, therefore it would be of interest (to the US) to have a center for their upgrade, processing, maintenance and so on, in the stablest country in the region,” Vitsas said.
Vitsas said that Greek-American businesspeople are “very interested in collaborations and joint production lines in the defence industry” and in Greece’s potential as a manufacturing center in the future reconstruction of countries in of the region.
Tsipras is expected to meet with US President Donald Trump at the White House at 19:00 Greek time on Tuesday. A delegation of ministers accompanying him includes National Defence Minister Panos Kammenos.