“I call on all the Mediterranean countries that are our neighbours, and in particular Greece, to stop seeing the Eastern Mediterranean as a zero-sum game. Let us come, let us transform together the Mediterranean into a basin of peace… Let`s make energy a matter of cooperation, not conflict,” Erdogan said. The United States and Greece reaffirmed “their commitment to strengthen their cooperation as NATO allies, using all means at their disposal to ensure stability and security in the wider region,” the two countries said in a joint statement, after Pompeo met with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias. Athens, Greece – The United States and Greece have signed a revised defense cooperation agreement that analysts say will increase Athens` strategic value and lead to U.S. investments in Greek military installations. Pompeo participated on October 5, 2019 in Athens at the signing ceremony of the mutual defense agreement between the United States and Greece with Greek Foreign Minister Nikolaos Dendias. Last October, Pompeo visited Athens and signed a revised defence cooperation agreement with Greece, which included enhanced joint U.S.-Greece-NATO activities at three sites in Greece, as well as infrastructure and other improvements in Souda Bay. Mr Mitsotakis recalled Turkey`s recent attempts to drill gas in waters where Cyprus holds exclusive economic rights and where European energy companies already have a licence to conduct research. He said the need for the updated agreement was underlined by measures in the Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean that “challenge the sovereign rights of Greece and Cyprus, thus violating international law.” From a dictant point of view, inveterate leftists protested Saturday in Athens, deploring a defense agreement that will expand U.S. bases throughout Greece and chanting vigorously: “Americans, murderers of the people.” “This is a linchpin for Greek-American relations,” U.S.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday after a signing ceremony in the Greek capital. For the first time, Greece accepts an indeterminate agreement that does not need to be renewed every year. In return, U.S. forces are expected to expand the base of the Sixth Fleet on the southern Greek island of Crete and create drone bases and permanent helicopter training facilities in central Greece. ATHENS, Greece (AP) – The United States and Greece on Saturday signed a revised defense cooperation pact that U.S. officials called crucial to addressing new security challenges in the eastern Mediterranean. The two countries reaffirmed “their commitment to strengthen their close cooperation as NATO allies, using all means at their disposal to ensure stability and security throughout the region.” Relations between Greece and neighbouring Turkey have deteriorated sharply this year due to controversial maritime borders and exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean.