Greek Protestors Burn U.S. Flag at Rally Against Pompeo’s Visit

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    More than 1,500 people gathered in Greece’s second largest city of Thessaloniki on Monday for two separate demonstrations against the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

    The protests were organised by left-wing groups and the Communist party.

    Protesters demonstrated in the centre of the city and they burned a US flag outside the US consulate where riot police were on alert.

    Pompeo began a five-day regional tour in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki, days after Greece and Turkey committed to restarting a diplomatic dialogue on the dispute that triggered a dangerous military build-up – and fears of military conflict – in the disputed maritime area over the summer.

    The United States and Greece “reiterated their dedication to enhancing their close cooperation as NATO allies, using all appropriate means at their disposal, in order to safeguard stability and security in the wider region,” the two countries said in a joint statement after Pompeo met with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

    Relations between Greece and neighboring Turkey deteriorated sharply this year over disputed maritime boundaries and exploration rights in the eastern Mediterranean.

    Pompeo’s regional tour will also include Italy, the Vatican and Croatia. Later Monday, he departed to the Greek island of Crete where he is scheduled to meet with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and visit a US naval base at Souda Bay.

    Last October, Pompeo visited Athens and signed a revised defence cooperation agreement with Greece that provided for increasing joint US-Greece and NATO activity at three locations in Greece as well as infrastructure and other improvements at Souda Bay.

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    Mike Pompeo is an American politician, diplomat, businessman, and attorney who, since April 2018, has been serving as 70th United States secretary of state. He is a former United States Army officer and was Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from January 2017 until April 2018.

    President Donald Trump nominated Pompeo as secretary of state in March 2018, with Pompeo succeeding Rex Tillerson after his dismissal. Pompeo was confirmed by the Senate on April 26, 2018, in a 57–42 vote and was sworn in the same day.

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