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31 January, 2002
A twelve-member delegation of NATO Assembly's Defense and Security Committee, including Greece's main opposition New Democracy (ND) party deputy Aristotelis Pavlidis, is on a visit to the United States from January 27-February 3.
In Washington, the deputies of NATO countries met with senior State Department and Department of Defense officials, U.S. Congressmen and Senators, members of the Congress's Defense and Foreign Affairs Committees and experts on security issues and foreign policy.
The delegation discussed with them developments in NATO, NATO's expansion, international terrorism, NATO-Eurodefence relations, developments in the Balkans and inter-NATO relations, such as between Greece and Turkey.
During his talks in Washington, Pavlidis set out Greek positions on a series of issues of Greek interest. The Greek deputy also had contacts with representatives of the Greek-American community in New York and Washington, something that he will also be doing in Tampa, Florida, which he was due to visit on Wednesday.
In Tampa, the parliamentary delegation will visit the Central Military Command where U.S. military operations in Afghanistan are coordinated.
Source: Athens News Agency