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General Sir Nicholas Houghton, Chief of the Defence Staff of the United Kingdom, is visiting Greece at the invitation of the Chief of the Hellenic National Defence General Staff, General Mikhail Kostarakos.
The visit highlights the long tradition of excellent relations between Greek and British Armed Forces and the close cooperation of the two countries within NATO.
On Wednesday 16 July, General Houghton laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Syntagma Square, paying tribute to the brave Greek men and women who have lost their lives in action. He will later have meetings at the Defence Ministry and the Hellenic National Defence General Staff.
The Chief of the Defence Staff’s visit takes place 50 days ahead of the NATO Summit that will take place in Wales, UK from 4 to 5 September. The summit comes as NATO draws down in Afghanistan, its longest ever mission, against a backdrop of volatility in Ukraine. Whilst this has sharpened the focus around the summit, the United Kingdom wants the Summit to ensure that NATO continues to be at the forefront of building stability in an unpredictable world.