Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos visited the 110 Battle Wing in Larissa on Thursday accompanied by U.S Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt.
Mr Kammenos stated that the facilities would act as one of the bases of Greece’s and the U.S collaboration.
Mr Kammenos said the presence of the top American diplomat at the base proved the strategic cooperation between Greece and the U.S in the framework of NATO, as well as in the context of a poweful stabilising axis in the wider region of the Mediterranean Sea. “It is a pillar of cooperation in which Greece plays a core role in the south with close ties with Israel via Cyprus, with Egypt via Jordan, as well as the United Arab Emirates”, Mr Lammenos said. On his part, the U.S Ambassador thanked the Minister, Admiral Apostolakis and General Christodoulou for the chance to visit the base.
“This visit is an opportunity for me to spend some time with the American personnel who are here as part of our temporary deployment of MQ-9s. But it is also an opportunity for me to say thank you to the men and women of the 110th here for the excellent cooperation that they have demonstrated with this deployment.”
.@USAmbGreece thanks @HQUSAFEPA detachment for the strategically important work they are doing with @HAFspokesman partners at the 110th Battle Wing in Larissa, building our alliance, and also shares tips on some of his favorite spots to visit in #Greece #pillarofstability pic.twitter.com/Lu27RsI2sH
— U.S. Embassy Athens (@USEmbassyAthens) May 31, 2018
“.. it also illustrates the role that Greece plays as a pillar of stability, as a strong NATO ally, and as a country who has excellent geography and excellent capabilities. So we, as the United States Government, are committed to building on that foundation, working with our Greek allies to accomplish and maintain security and stability across the wider Aegean and Eastern Mediterranean region. Thank you very much”, Mr Pyatt said.