US Ambassador Thanks Military Head for Greek Alliance

As Greece’s defense minister meets his U.S. counterpart on Thursday, Washington’s ambassador to Athens, Geoffrey Pyatt, has thanked Secretary of Defense James Mattis in a tweet “for your strong support for our alliance with Greece”.

NATO defense ministers met in Brussels on Wednesday amid ongoing tensions between Greece and Turkey over incursions by Ankara’s forces into Greek waters and airspace.

The U.S. envoy is to travel to Turkey for meetings alongside Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Washington has spoken of its unease at the escalation tensions in the Aegean.