August 08, 2021

SFRC Chairman Menendez Urges Biden Admin to Provide Additional Assistance to Greece in Wake of Raging Fires

WASHINGTON – Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) today penned a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin to urge the Department of Defense to provide additional support to the Hellenic Republic in its efforts to confront the devastating fires currently raging across the country.  

“Greece is a close and valued NATO ally. I urge the Administration to take all measures necessary to support the people of Greece in their time of need,” Chairman Menendez said, applauding the Department of Defense’s deployment of P8 aircraft to Greece to provide enhanced situational awareness of the fires’ threats to infrastructure and residential areas. “These efforts have saved lives and I urge the Department to fulfill additional requests for assistance, including the deployment of CH-47 helicopters.”

Find a copy of the letter HERE and below.

Dear Mr. Secretary:

I am writing to request that the Department of Defense provide support to the Hellenic Republic in its efforts to confront devastating fires. I applaud the Department’s deployment of P8 aircraft to Greece to provide enhanced situational awareness of the threats to infrastructure and residential areas. These efforts have saved lives and I urge the Department to fulfill additional requests for assistance, including the deployment of CH-47 helicopters. 

Greece is a close and valued NATO ally. I urge the Administration to take all measures necessary to support the people of Greece in their time of need. 

Sincerely,

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