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H.Res. 91: Reaffirming the robust commitment of the House of Representatives to the importance of the United States-Greek strategic partnership.

The text of the resolution below is as of Jan 30, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 91

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 30, 2019

(for himself and Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

RESOLUTION

Reaffirming the robust commitment of the House of Representatives to the importance of the United States-Greek strategic partnership.

Whereas, on December 13, 2018, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Greek Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs Georgios Katrougalos launched a strategic dialogue and reaffirmed the importance of the United States-Greek relationship;

Whereas history, security, commerce, and shared democratic values underpin a close relationship between the United States and Greece;

Whereas the United States and Greece have a dual interest in many concerns, including independent energy supply sources and national security, particularly given the strategic geographic location of Greece;

Whereas Greece is playing a key stabilizing role in a turbulent wider region and is a reliable, trustworthy, predictable, and stable ally and partner of the United States, promoting crucial regional synergies and cooperation, including with respect to Cyprus and Israel;

Whereas the United States and Greece encourage and support funding for excess armaments to bolster Greek national security;

Whereas the United States and Greece cooperate extensively within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), where Greece has consistently committed an excess of 2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product to defense;

Whereas Greece has been an ally of the United States in law enforcement and the global war on terror, and has proven its willingness and determination to participate in a number of crucial NATO missions, including in Afghanistan;

Whereas the United States and Greece express strong disapproval of provocative statements designed to interfere with either country’s national security interests;

Whereas the United States and Greece have a strong commercial relationship, with $2.2 billion in trade between the two countries in 2017;

Whereas the United States and Greece continue to encourage cross-private investments to bolster both economies; and

Whereas people to people programs between the United States and Greece have been and will continue to be a staple of the relationship between the two countries: Now, therefore, be it

That the House of Representatives—

(1)

reaffirms its robust commitment to the importance of the United States-Greek strategic partnership;

(2)

applauds Secretary of State Pompeo and Greek Alternate Minister for Foreign Affairs Katrougalos for initiating the strategic dialogue;

(3)

encourages greater security collaboration between the two countries in the area of defense; and

(4)

supports an increased focus by the two countries on energy, economic development, and people to people programs.