US Naval Base at Souda, Crete, prominent in Trump-Tsipras meeting

Tornos News — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will visit Washington between October 15 and 18, accepting an invitation from  Donald Trump, with a meeting scheduled  with the US at the White House on 17 October .

Discussions at the meeting are expected to focus on the migrant crisis and developments in the Balkans and Middle East, as well as the strategic importance of the US base at Souda Bay on Crete.

The strategic significance of the base has increased for the US in light of the recent instability in Turkey. An official announcement on the matter is expected from the White House, reports said.

The  US has called for a five-year agreement to be signed between the two countries for the base and the Americans are eager to clinch the deal.

Reports suggest that President Trump is unlikely to announce any major departure of US policy towards Greece, but he may well urge American business people to invest in the country and come out in support of some form of debt restructuring.