ATHENS – US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt praised his Tuesday meeting with Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias as “excelle
US Ambassador Pyatt Says Tuesday Meeting with Greek FM Dendias Was “Excellent”

US Ambassador Pyatt Says Tuesday Meeting with Greek FM Dendias Was “Excellent”

US Ambassador Pyatt Says Tuesday Meeting with Greek FM Dendias Was “Excellent”

US Ambassador Pyatt Says Tuesday Meeting with Greek FM Dendias Was “Excellent”

US Ambassador Pyatt Says Tuesday Meeting with Greek FM Dendias Was “Excellent”

US Ambassador Pyatt Says Tuesday Meeting with Greek FM Dendias Was “Excellent”
US Ambassador Pyatt Says Tuesday Meeting with Greek FM Dendias Was “Excellent”
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ATHENS – US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt praised his Tuesday meeting with Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias as “excellent.”

On Twitter, Pyatt said it was an “excellent meeting with Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias to review his very successful visit to Washington with Greek Prime Minister and to map out next steps in further enhancing the US-Greece relationship in 2020.”

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Greece wants to participate in Berlin's Libya summit

Greece wants to participate in Berlin's Libya summit

Greece has asked to attend a summit in Berlin which will discuss a path to peace in Libya, government spokesman Stelios Petsas revealed on Tuesday.

The news came a regular press briefing, when Petsas was asked about Greece’s “absence” from any diplomatic initiatives concerning the crisis in Libya.

“Nobody can say that Greece is absent, but instead it is at the center of developments. We want to be involved in any initiative in the search for a political solution,” he told journalists and announced the request.

Reuters reported that the summit will coincide with a one-day visit to Berlin by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and will be held on January 19.

The same report said that “Erdogan’s presence is seen as essential to the success of any conference on Libya, since Ankara’s decision to deploy military advisers and possibly troops there has made it a major player in the country’s long-running civil war.”

The summit was announced by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday, who said that the United Nations would lead talks if a meeting were to take place in Berlin.

Independent authority warns against creation of 'smokers clubs'

Independent authority warns against creation of 'smokers clubs'

The National Transparency Authority shot down attempts by the union of to open “smokers clubs” across Greece, saying the law is clear about the universal ban of smoking and warning of repercussions if they flout it.

The statement comes after the head of Greece’s union of cafes and restaurant owners, Ilias Kallioras, told state-run broadcaster ERT that the union has initiated procedures for the creation of private “smokers clubs” to bypass the ban which he claims has decreased revenues.

“The anti-smoking law is completely clear, and does not allow for the misinterpretation of its regulatory framework, and is primarily aimed at protecting citizens' health and ensuring conditions for healthy competition and fairness between businesses,” the authority said in a statement.

It also warned that any attempt “to conceal the operation of these stores under the guise of innovative legal arrangements, with the sole purpose of circumventing the smoking ban, as well as tax and labor and health-related legislation, will result in a prioritized thorough audit on their licensing and operation.”