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Mike Pompeo Speaks with NATO Chief About Mediterranean Tensions

Mike Pompeo Speaks with NATO Chief About Mediterranean Tensions

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is due to arrive in Greece on an official visit early Monday, has had a conversation on tensions in the eastern Mediterranean with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

Relations between NATO members Greece and Turkey, always tense, have further deteriorated this year over long-standing disputes, including maritime boundaries and energy rights.

According to State Department background briefings, Pompeo will meet with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to renew the two countries’ shared commitment to advance security, peace, and prosperity in the eastern Mediterranean and celebrate the strongest U.S.-Greek relationship in decades.

Pompeo will depart later Monday to visit the NATO Souda Bay naval base.

The U.S. secretary of state will depart Greece early Wednesday for Rome.

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