Secretary helps unveil new chancery in Athens

During a visit to Greece, Feb. 21, Secretary of State Antony Blinken (center right) helped dedicate the new North Wing of Embassy Athens along with Ambassador George Tsunis (far right) and Tuan Hoang, project director for the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (center left). This $343 million construction project provides a secure and modern work environment for embassy personnel. Physical and technical security measures in the new facility dramatically improve security of embassy staff and visitors to the consular section. The final phase of the project is the complete rehabilitation of the original chancery located to the south, which will be connected to the North Wing by 2025. During his remarks at the event, Blinken said, “Over the decades here in Greece, the extraordinary people serving at this embassy have played a central role in strengthening the ties between our countries and advancing the many shared priorities that we have. This expanded and modernized U.S. presence is a concrete—or maybe I should say marble—investment in our bilateral relationship. And while the renovations will draw to a close, the work of strengthening the alliance between us will continue year after year.”

Photo by Chuck Kennedy

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