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US letter of support amid tension

As Turkey ratchets up tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean, Greece on Tuesday welcomed a letter sent by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis which states Washington's commitment "to supporting Greece's prosperity, security and democracy."

Editorial: In search of lost time

Greece must move forward in an often difficult environment of multiple uncertainties in which the distinction between "allies" and "opponents" is not always clear and which strewn with many traps.

Geopolitical balances are constantly shifting in a sort of quicksand. The international backdrop is ever more complex and unstable.

Cavusoglu says Greece 'not a player' in Libya

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Davutoglu said Tuesday that there is no reason for Greece to participate in the Berlin Process, the initiative to try to resolve the crisis in Libya.

Violence and memory

The Ministry of Citizens' Protection on Monday held an event to commemorate the victims of domestic terrorism. Strange as it may sound, it was the first time that the state had organized a formal event to honor the memory of the victims. In fact, it was the first such ceremony in the 45 years since the establishment of the Third Hellenic Republic.

Erdogan and Mitsotakis’ provocations

"Why did Mitsotakis invite Haftar to Greece? Did he just want to provoke us?" an annoyed Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on his return from the Berlin conference on the Libya crisis regarding the meeting between Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar in Athens on Friday.

The evolution of neo-Ottomanism

If you want to confront your enemy, you first need to understand how he thinks. This does not mean adapting to the enemy's way of thinking, of stepping into his shoes.

Top judge set to become first female president on Wednesday

A high court judge is set to become Greece's first female president in a vote on Wednesday after two opposition parties sided with the center-right government's nomination.

Katerina Sakellaropoulou, 63, has served as president of the Council of State, a top administrative court, for the past 15 months.

Mitsotakis heading to Davos on Wednesday after vote on new president

Greek Premier Kyriakos Mitsotakis will depart for Switzerland on Wednesday evening to attend the 2020 World Economic Forum at Davos-Klosters, his office said Tuesday.

On Wednesday morning, he will attend the plenary session vote for the election of Greece's new president at 10.30 a.m., then at noon he will meet with the Labor Ministry's leadership at his Maximos Mansion office.

Pompeo to Mitsotakis: Greece is a Major US Ally

The United States considers Greece a major ally and participant in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, cited by BGNES.

"We consider Athens a key ally and a crucial player in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as the Balkans,", the letter stated.

A game with many players

The escalation of a crisis in relations between Athens and Ankara typically leads to negotiation; this is understood by both sides, as protracting a clash creates the risk of a potential military confrontation which Greece certainly does not want and Turkey most likely would not desire either.

Sino-Hellenic Investors’ Confederation launched in Athens

An official ceremony to launch the Sino-Hellenic Investors' Confederation, a new confederation aimed at facilitating Chinese investors in Greece and supporting the further enhancement of bilateral friendship and cooperation, was held in Athens on Saturday.

Turkish Cypriot leader calls for dialogue in eastern Mediterranean

Turkish Cypriot leader on Jan. 21 said diplomatic methods should be used extensively in a bid to counter growing tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Mustafa Akıncı's remarks came at the International Science Diplomacy Forum held in the capital Lefkoşa where he commented on the discovery of natural gas in the region and diplomatic ties with neighbors.

NBG swaps Greek govt bonds with new 30-year bond issue

National Bank (NBG), Greece's second-largest lender, swapped government bonds worth about 3.8 billion euros ($4.22 billion) with a new 30-year government bond, the finance ministry said on Tuesday, yielding a capital gain for the bank.

The swap reduces the government's refinancing risk as bonds maturing in 5.4 years were exchanged for a new issue maturing in 2050.

Trump aide urges restraint in East Med

Robert O'Brien is the White House national security adviser and one of US President Donald Trump's closest aides. He and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are considered the two officials that shape the foreign policy of the Trump administration.

US assures support to Greece in Pompeo letter

The US remains committed to supporting democracy, prosperity and security in Greece, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said in a letter to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis made public Tuesday in which he describes bilateral ties between the two NATO allies as "extraordinary."

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