This step is regarded as a sign of strengthening bilateral defense ties.

The United States and Greece have updated the existing Agreement on Mutual Defense Cooperation, which is regarded as a step towards strengthening bilateral defense ties.

The amendment to the agreement was signed by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, who is currently visiting Washington.

The U.S.-Greece Strategic Dialogue was initiated in 2018 by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his Greek counterpart.

Blinken called the dialogue evidence of the two countries’ shared commitment to deepening partnership, through which they will become “an even more powerful force for ensuring peace, prosperity and human dignity.”

The amendment will allow U.S. troops in Greece to conduct training and operations in more locations, Blinken said at a press conference.

Dendias said that the amendment protects the interests of Greece and makes possible cooperation beyond defense issues.