The US military chief visits Greece amid strain with Turkey

ATHENS, Greece – The chairman of the US joint Chiefs of staff began a two-day visit to Greece, the start of a week of high-level contacts between the two countries in the midst of the growing tension between the United States and Turkey.

Gen. Joseph Dunford Monday arrived and is scheduled to meet his Greek counterpart Adm. Evangelos Apostolakis, in Athens Tuesday.

The United States wants to boost trade and military cooperation with NATO allies Greece as tensions with neighbouring country Turkey continues to escalate on a variety of regional and political disputes.

Later this week, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is due to visit an annual trade fair in the north of Greece, along with the Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, who is the chairman of the senate committee of homeland security and the subcommittee for the European and regional security cooperation.

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