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CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY
Senate Committee Advances Bill Aimed to Strengthen the
U.S.-Greece Defense Partnership
AHEPA applauded the passage of bipartisan legislation aimed
to bolster the United States' defense partnership with Greece by
the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, June 22, 2021.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), chairman, Senate
Committee on Foreign Relations, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio
(R-FL), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign
Relations Committee, introduced
S.2000, the " U.S.-Greece Defense and
Interparliamentary Partnership Act of
2021, " June 9, 2021.
According to a statement from
Chairman Menendez, the legislation
boosts " support for Greek military
modernization, authorizing new transto
the further development of Greece's military force
Transfer of American Military Equipment to Greece:
Authorizes expedited delivery of any future F-35 aircraft ordered
by Greece
Requires that the delivery of excess defense articles to
Greece be given the same priority as that given other countries
and regions
Requires the Secretary of Defense, with the concurrence of
the Secretary of State, to submit a report to Congress on Greece's
defense needs and how the United States will seek to address
such needs through transfers of excess defense equipment to
Greece
fers of American military equipment, and fostering increased
multilateral engagement among Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and the
United States. "
Then-Supreme President George G. Horiates said, " A secure
and stable Eastern Mediterranean is a priority. In Greece, the
United States has a dependable and steady ally in defense and
security cooperation. We sincerely thank Chairman Menendez
and Senator Rubio for spearheading legislation that recognizes
this fact and builds upon it by taking the appropriate measures
to authorize critical resources that enhance U.S. defense cooperation
with Greece and maintain a lasting U.S. partnership in
the Eastern Mediterranean. We strongly support this significant
bill and call for the Senate to pass it swiftly. "
About the Legislation
Chairman Menendez's statement cites the following as key provisions
of the legislation:
Support for Greek Military Modernization:
Authorizes European Recapitalization Incentive Program (ERIP)
assistance to Greece to support Greece's transition away from
Russian-produced military equipment
Authorizes $1 million per year in International Military
Education and Training (IMET) assistance for Greece for FY2022
- 2026
Expresses the Sense of Congress that the U.S. should provide
direct loans to Greece for the procurement of defense articles,
defense services, and design and construction services pursuant
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Parliamentary Engagement within the 3+1 Framework:
Authorizes the establishment of an interparliamentary group
among Cyprus, Greece, Israel and the United States to serve as
the legislative component of the 3+1 process launched among
the governments in March 2019.
Legislation to Hold Turkey
Liable for Religious Freedom
Violations Applauded
AHEPA applauded a
bipartisan-backed bill
introduced May 7, 2021,
by U.S. Reps. Carolyn
Maloney (D-NY) and Gus
M. Bilirakis (R-FL) to hold
Turkey accountable for
violating the religious freedoms
of the Ecumenical
Patriarchate, Greek
Orthodox Christians, and
religious minorities. The
bill, H.R.3056, has 12
co-sponsors.
" Turkey perpetually suppresses the religious freedom
and human rights of its minority populations with impunity, "
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