WASHINGTON, D.C – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) has written Greek Ambassador Christos Panagopoulos, Ambassador showing concern over Greek Defense Minister Panos Kammenos’ now-withdrawn threat that illegal immigrants, including Jihadists, could be released from Greece to get into other European countries.
Kammenos, the leader of the far right-wing Independent Greeks (ANEL) who are partners in a coalition government led by Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, is a nationalist who has also provoked Turkey and Germany.
Kammenos had warned that Greece would issue travel documents to thousands of illegal immigrants going to be released from detention centers unless international lenders backed down from demanding more austerity.
In his letter to Ambassador Panagopoulos, Coats wrote, “I believe it is in your interest as well as ours that you or another senior spokesman of the Greek government publicly comment on those threatening statements and clarify whether they reflect current policy or thinking within your government. With such clarification, I hope I will be able to support the Senate resolution regarding Greek independence and our shared democratic traditions.”
Coats currently had a hold – which prevents legislation from passing via unanimous consent – on the Senate’s annual resolution celebrating Greek Independence Day.
In his letter, he added that Kammenos “threatened the security of his country’s own allies. Since holders of European Union travel documents also travel easily to the United States, this threat extends to our own security interests as well.”
He added: “I do not believe that such outrageous statements actually reflect official Greek Government policy. Nevertheless, coming as they do from such a senior government minister, they are inconsistent with the warm bilateral relationship normally reflected in the Senate’s annual resolution marking Greek independence.”
Source: The National Herald