The United States recognize the “strategic role” of Greece and that the country constitutes a “significant factor for safety, cooperation, understanding and stability,” U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said after meeting in Washington with his Greek counterpart Dimitris Avramopoulos.
They reportedly discussed issues of security and cooperation between the two countries, the situation in the wider area and issues relating to the upcoming meeting of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras with the American President Barack Obama, at the White House, on Aug. 8.
After the meeting with Hagel, the Defense Minister laid a wreath at the Pentagon Memorial for the victims of the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, 2001 and attended a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, where he laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
During his visit in Washington, Avramopoulos was to attend a special ceremony at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where a Memorandum of Understanding between the Museum and the Army General Staff will be signed, in order to work together for the research of files from the World War II.