US ambassador: 83rd TIF a landmark in bilateral relations with Greece

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US ambassador: 83rd TIF a landmark in bilateral relations with GreecePresentations from top US companies at TIF this year, including major sponsors like Microsoft, Google, Coca Cola, Cisco, Visa, IBM, Intralot, Pfizer, and Hewlett-Packard

US ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt on Friday referred to "a landmark in our bilateral relationship" in describing Greek-US relations, as the United States is the honored nation at this year's annual Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), which started during the weekend in the northern Greece metropolis.

His article was published in a periodical distributed by Greek state news agency, ANA.

Pyatt made special mention of increasing investment by major US companies in Greece as well as their high-profile presence at the TIF.

"About a year ago, I remember the excitement we all felt, myself and our entire Embassy and Consulate team, as we accepted the Greek government’s invitation to participate as the honored country in the 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair. Even more so in October 2017 when our participation was formalized in the White House Rose Garden, where President Trump accepted the Greek government’s invitation.

We considered the timing perfect, as we would be celebrating the last decade of strong US support for Greece throughout the economic crisis just as Greece exited the bailout program. We would also be honoring an alliance that has been iron-clad since both our countries declared independence.

But who would have predicted just how important our TIF participation would be. 2018 has truly been the year of America in Greece.

We have seen remarkable progress in our security and defense relationship: we signed an agreement that will bring critical modernization to Greece’s fleet of F-16s; we expanded US operations at the Port of Alexandroupolis and agreed on the basing of unarmed MQ-9s at Larissa, which - along with CH-47 Chinook helicopters we had earlier transferred to the Hellenic Armed Forces - were put to use during Attica’s tragic wildfires. The Hellenic Navy conducted joint operations with the Harry S. Truman Strike Group, and the U.S. Navy ship and Blackhawk helicopter here at TIF are symbols of our combined efforts this past year.

We are going to see presentations from top US companies at TIF this year, including major sponsors like Microsoft, Google, Coca Cola, Cisco, Visa, IBM, Intralot, Pfizer, and Hewlett-Packard, highlighting the theme "Harnessing the Power of Innovation and Creativity" and demonstrating their commitment to invest in and be present in Greece. Exxon-Mobil just won a tender to explore off Crete; Avis re-entered the Greek market with an investment worth over $ 300 million; Hyatt, Marriott and Wyndham are opening new hotels in Athens; and Tesla opened a research office. ONEX has brought the important Syros shipyard back to life. These are just some of the major investments we’ve seen, and we see TIF as an unmatched opportunity for Greece to highlight the opportunities and to network with major American investors.

TIF also celebrates the very strong people-to-people ties that we share with Greece alongside the western values so important to our democracies. Throughout the city, you see examples of iconic American artworks, and we thank the city of Thessaloniki and Regional Government for hosting these in the highest traffic public spots in the city. We are celebrating the 70th anniversary of our flagship Fulbright educational exchange program, and we have music and film events, an education event, a basketball clinic, a journalism conference and several programs supporting Greek start-ups and entrepreneurs, a critical sector for Greece’s full economic recovery.

After the TIF is concluded, we will also have a lot more work to do. Before the end of 2018, we look forward to launching a government-to-government strategic dialogue to examine ways to further bolster our security and defense and economic relationships to face the opportunities and challenges in the region, as agreed by (US) Secretary (Mike) Pompeo and (Greek) Foreign Minister (Nikos) Kotzias. TIF will be a landmark in our bilateral relationship, but it is only one stop to a longer journey together and will certainly set a positive tone for next year and the years to follow."

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