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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-01-17

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  • [01] Greek-US cooperation 'excellent'

  • [01] Greek-US cooperation 'excellent'

    "The excellent cooperation between Greece and the US in confronting the phenomenon of violence and terrorism was ascertained once again," Greece's foreign ministery spokesman George Koumoutsakos said Wednesday, speaking to reporters following a meeting between foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis and US ambassador in Athens Charles Ries who discussed a wide range of issues, including developments in the Balkans, the upcoming extraordinary NATO meeting on Afghanistan, and Greece's inclusion in the US visa waiver programme, as well as bilateral economic issues.

    Koumoutsakos stressed that the Greek side's firm political determination for results in confronting the phenomena of terrorist was a given fact.

    "The ascertainment we made from the beginning that the incident will not affect Greek-US relations is being confirmed every day," Koumoutsakos added, referring to Friday's early-morning rocket attack at the US embassy in Athens that caused minor material damage but on injuries.

    During the meeting, Bakoyannis briefed the US envoy on prime minister Costas Karamanlis' tour of Balkan countries earlier this week and the developments in the region, in view of elections in Serbia slated for January 21 and UN Kosovo mediator Martti Ahtisaari's anticipated submission of proposals a few days later.

    The two sides further discussed preparation of the NATO extraordinary meeting to discuss the Afghanistan issue "which is high on the agenda of both the US and the Alliance," Koumoutsakos added.

    Also, the Greek side put forward the issue of Greece being included in the US visa waiver programme, Koumoutsakos said, adding that "contacts between officials of the two sides for progress in this matter are continuing normally".

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