President Trump Extends White House Invitation to Greek PM

The White House announced on Monday that US President Donald Trump will welcome  Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Washington on January 7, 2020.

The statement issued by the White House notes that ”President Donald J. Trump will welcome His Excellency Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, to the White House on January 7, 2020.”

”This visit will celebrate the strong economic, security, and cultural ties between the United States and Greece, an important North Atlantic Treaty Organization Ally. President Trump and Prime Minister Mitsotakis will discuss ways to advance the two nations’ longstanding strategic interests in enhancing stability, prosperity, and cooperation throughout the Balkans and eastern Mediterranean.

”President Trump will also emphasize the importance of telecommunications security, especially related to 5G, countering malign influence in the region, and promoting religious freedom worldwide,” the announcement states.

Political commentators in Greece highlight the part of the statement which mentions 5G technology, suggesting that the American administration intends to put pressure in Athens not to invest in Chinese technological giants to develop the country’s 5G infrastructure.

Similar diplomatic and political bras-de-faire have been taking place between Washington and many European capitals for quite a long time now, and Greece’s intentions are crucial to US interests since Athens had already said that it intends to allow Chinese firms to assist in the 5G infrastructure development in the country.