ATHENS – Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias is due to depart for Washington on Sunday, where he will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday. The Greek minister is scheduled to stay in Washington until next Thursday and have a series of meetings with U.S. officials. These will include a meeting with National Security Advisor Susan Rice and leading members of the Senate and U.S. Congress.
The timing of the minister’s visit is seen as significant, since it comes right after a visit by Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and will serve to emphasise the geopolitical angle in Greece’s case. It also takes place right after the recent G20 meeting, where the possible outcome of the negotiations with Greece was among the issues dominating discussions on the sidelines.
Kotzias is then scheduled to visit New York next Friday, where he will meet UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and the UN mediator for the Macedonia name dispute Matthew Nimetz, as well as Archbishop of America Dimitrios and representatives of Greek-American and Jewish-American organisations.