23 October, 2009
Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas discussed the issue of piracy with US Assistant Secretary of State for Political and Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro on Thursday.
The US official is in Athens to participate in an event of the Propeller Club Amver Reward on Thursday night and, on the occasion of his visit, he met with Alternate Defence Minister Panos Beglitis and Droutsas.
During his visit to the foreign ministry, he discussed bilateral cooperation on piracy issues, since Greece has two ships in the international effort on combatting piracy, one in the European and another one in the NATO missions, while it is also participating in the international Group on Combatting Piracy under the auspices of the UN.
Alternate Defence Minister Panos Beglitis on Thursday received Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro at the ministry in Athens, for talks on issues concerning terrorism, combating piracy, the situation in Afghanistan, Greek-Turkish relations and illegal migration.
The meeting lasted 45 minutes and was held in the presence of National Defense General Staff (GEETHA) chief Gen. Ioannis Yiagos and US ambassador to Athens Daniel Speckhard.
Source: Athens News Agency