15 August, 2006
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has sent a letter of thanks to her Greek counterpart Dora Bakoyannis for the help Greece had offered to American citizens who wished to evacuate from war-ravaged Lebanon. The letter was dated August 9.
Thank you for Greece's assistance to American citizens departing from Lebanon: Please convey my appreciation to the Greek officials in Athens, Nicosia, Beirut, and Washington, as well as the captain and crew of the Greek vessels, whose efforts culminated in the safe and swift transport of American citizens from Lebanon.» Rice said.
“I appreciate the ongoing solidarity that the Greek Government has demonstrated to the American people through its decisive, timely actions. We will continue to work closely with you to bring a peaceful resolution to the situation in the Middle East.» she concluded.
Source: Athens News Agency