Kam­menos to meet Mattis in Wash­ing­ton this week

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De­fense Min­is­terPanos Kam­menos will meet with US De­fense Sec­re­tary Jim Mattis in Wash­ing­ton on Thurs­day or Fri­day. The meet­ing comes at a time of re­newed mil­i­tary plan­ning by the US in the volatile East­ern Mediter­ranean re­gion.

Greece has made no se­cret of the fact it wants to strengthen bi­lat­eral mil­i­tary ties, and to mod­ern­ize its mil­i­tary arse­nal with Amer­i­can sys­tems.

Kam­menos’s visit will co­in­cide with events in the US or­ga­nized by the Greek-Amer­i­can commu- nity to mark the March 25 na­tional hol­i­day.

As is cus­tom­ary, a spe­cial event will also take place at the White House on Fri­day. It will be the first one un­der the pres­i­dency of Don­ald Trump.

On Thurs­day evening, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus – who is of Greek her­itage – will host a din­ner at Blair House.

It will be at­tended by Kam­menos, Cyprus gov­ern­ment spokesman Nikos Christodoulides and prom­i­nent Greek Amer­i­cans.

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