13 February, 2009
Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis, the chairperson of the Organization of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), will meet with new US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the US State Department in Washington D.C. on Feb. 25.
Foreign ministry spokesman George Koumoutsakos said Bakoyannis will visit Washington both as the foreign minister of Greece and the OSCE chairperson.
Meanwhile, US Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, the "No. 2" Democrat in the US Senate, will visit Athens next Wednesday for talks with Bakoyannis. He will be accompanied by Illinois State Treasurer Alexis Giannoulias.
The talks are expected to focus on Cyprus, the situation in the Balkans, Greece's OSCE chairmanship and international issues, such as Middle East, Koumoutsakos stated.
"The visit is interesting and important, and takes place shortly after the inauguration of the new US President," Koumoutsakos said.
The US delegation will also visit Nicosia, Ankara and Istanbul.