Excerpt: State Department briefing on Greek visit to US

QUESTION: On Greece. Mr. McCormack, any readout from the today’s meeting between Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis here at the State Department?

MR. MCCORMACK: I already gave that. You missed it.


MR. MCCORMACK: Just joking. The Secretary met with Foreign Minister Bakoyannis. They had a good meeting. The whole tone and tenor of the meeting was one that certainly reaffirmed and underlined the solid foundation of U.S.-Greek relations. It

was a very good, warm meeting. They have a very good rapport with one another. They covered a number of bilateral issues. They talked about the Visa Waiver Program. They talked also about issues related to the — to Macedonia, talked about NATO —


MR. MCCORMACK: Right, I know you would have a different name for it. You would have a different name for it. We call it Macedonia. Also talked a little bit about Greek-Turkish relations. They talked a little bit about Kosovo.

QUESTION: To which extent the Greek-Turkish relation?

MR. MCCORMACK: The Foreign Minister just talked about over the past several months the tone and tenor of Greek-Turkish relations.

QUESTION: One more question. Mr. McCormack, your Embassy in Athens said the Greek Government before yesterday announced separate rewards of one million dollars each to any informant who fingers the terrorist responsible for the January 12th

attack against your embassy in Greece —


QUESTION: — using an Albanian rocket as it was reported extensively. Any comment on that?

MR. MCCORMACK: Nothing beyond what our Embassy has said on the matter.

Source: State Department

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