Readout of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's meeting with Greece Minister of Defense Dimitrios Avramopoulos

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Hagel expressed his gratitude for our strong military relationship with Greece and for the hospitality of the Greek people in hosting U.S. forces in Souda Bay, Crete. Secretary Hagel and Minister Avramopoulos spoke at length about their bilateral military-to-military cooperation as outlined in the U.S.-Greece Defense Cooperation Roadmap. The roadmap highlights joint training and exercises undertaken by the United States and Hellenic armed forces, and other security cooperation activities. Secretary Hagel also thanked Greece for its international contributions to the Balkans and the Middle East.

The two leaders agreed to keep in close contact, especially to work toward a successful NATO Summit in September.