U.S. ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt has been invited by a local newspaper to participate in a conference that will be held on June 3rd. Peletidis, a Communist Party (KKE) member who has been mayor since 2014, issued a statement saying that the presence of Pyatt in Patras consists a “provocation” that insults the people's peaceful sentiments.
Peletidis adds that “a constant demand of the people of our city and the Municipal Council is the removal of the military bases in Araxos and Andravida so that nuclear weapons will not be transferred in Araxos”.
In his statement the red mayor points out that the municipal authority will not attend the conference but, on the contrary, will be in the street alongside the youth and the people, demonstrating against the presence of the U.S. ambassador in Patras.
This is not the first time Peletidis declares Pyatt unwelcome. He had the same stance back in October 2020, when the U.S. ambassador was visiting the city.
A doctor by profession, the KKE-backed mayor Kostas Peletidis was re-elected on June 2019 with 70.22% of the vote.