From: The Honorable Gus M. Bilirakis
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Date: 3/6/2017

Dear Colleague:

By now you should have received an invitation from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) to participate in programming surrounding the anniversary of the Congressional Hellenic Israel Alliance.

The eastern Mediterranean is on the front lines of many of the region’s greatest challenges. The growing partnership of Greece, Cyprus and Israel – often with the participation and encouragement of the United States – is playing a key role in security, energy
diplomacy and counter-terrorism efforts. The U.S. has a strong interest in advancing partnership and cooperation among these nations, which all share a strong commitment to democracy and similar values.

Please join us along with the AJC and HALC on Thursday, March 9th in the
Congressional Auditorium (CVC 200) for two timely events:

  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Levant Michael Ratney and Deputy Secretary of State for Europe Jonathan Cohen have been invited to address the session at
    11:00 a.m. This will be a discussion of the challenges that the State Department has identified in the region at the beginning of the new Trump administration.
  • At 12:00 p.m., Andreas Mavroyiannis, the Greek-Cypriot negotiator in the Cyprus reunification talks and the former Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, will discuss progress and challenges in the
    Cyprus peace process. This conversation will lend extraordinary insight into long-standing territorial conflicts and their resolution.

Staff and interns are welcome to attend both programs. Members of Congress are welcome to join and—when appropriate—share brief remarks during either of these sessions. Please have your staff contact Shayne Woods with Representative Bilirakis at or 5-5755, or Casey Kustin with Representative Deutch, at or 5-3001, if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you on
March 9th.


Gus M. Bilirakis                              Ted Deutch

Member of Congress                   Member of Congress

Founded in February 2013, CHIA works to bring Congressional attention to key regional defense, foreign policy, human rights, and energy issues in the eastern Mediterranean. With over 40 bipartisan members, the caucus works to foster the growing relationships
among the United States, Israel, Greece and Cyprus.