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Newly Appointed U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Athens Embassy Visits AHI
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Nick Larigakis
July 25, 2008—No. 51 (202) 785-8430

Newly Appointed U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Athens Embassy Visits AHI

Washington D.C.—On July 21, 2008, the State Department’s new Deputy Chief of Mission to Athens, Greece, Deborah McCarthy  visited AHI for a one hour long meeting with the leadership and staff. The AHI attendees included: AHI Chairman James Marketos, AHI President Gene Rossides, AHI Advisory Committee member Nick Karambelas, AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis, and staff. The AHI leadership voiced its perspective on items of mutual interest regarding U.S. relations with Greece.  Items discussed included: FYROM, the Aegean, Turkey, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Visa-Waiver issue and Cyprus.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Deborah McCarthy was Special Coordinator for Venezuelan Affairs. Previously she served as Senior Advisor for Counter Terrorism in the Bureau for Western Hemisphere Affairs (2004-2006) and as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (2002-2004). Ms. McCarthy was Consul General in Montreal, Canada (2001-2002), Deputy Chief of Mission in Managua, Nicaragua (1998-2001), Economic Counselor in Paris, France (1996-1998) and in Port au Prince, Haiti (1991-1993).  Other assignments include serving on the State Department’s NAFTA Task Force, as Desk Officer for Guatemala, and as a Financial Economist in the US mission in Rome and in the Department of Treasury.

Ms. McCarthy received both an M.A. in Economics and a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Before joining the Foreign Service in 1981, she worked at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York as corporate marketing and loan officer responsible for Venezuela and Colombia.  She speaks Spanish, French and Italian.

“We look forward to working closely with Deputy Chief of Mission Deborah A.McCarthy.  Her extensive experience and background in the area coupled with her willingness to listen and seek additional information will serve her well as she embarks on her new post,” said AHI President Gene Rossides.

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L – R : Advisory Board Member Nick Karambelas, AHI President Gene Rossides, US Deputy Chief of Mission, Deborah A.McCarthy, AHI Executive Director Nick Larigakis and AHI Chairman Jim Marketos

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