The deepening of our country’s cooperation with Middle Eastern countries is crucial, at a time when Turkey is isolating itself even from Muslim countries – How Panagiotopoulos’ moves strengthen the creation of an axis of security and stability in the wider Eastern Mediterranean region.
With a basic strategy of diplomatic mobility and operational readiness against the aggressive tactics of Turkey, Greece proceeds with methodical moves and without drumbeats, in the strengthening of the cooperation with countries – “keys” in the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean.
It is not just the strategic relationship with France or Israel that is already well established. Our country is deepening its cooperation with countries in the Arab world, with the aim of creating one axis of security and stability in an area that literally smells of gunpowder.
We are united with the countries of the Middle East by the common desire for stability and security, for the observance of international law, for peace and prosperity. And it is a fact that these countries treat Greece as pillar of credibility and legitimacy in a geostrategically critical area, but also unstable due to the well-known and practically confirmed Turkish revisionist aspirations.
In this context, Political and military leadership of the Ministry of Defense are in the United Arab Emirates since Saturday (02/20), on a highly symbolic visit that causes a nervous breakdown in Ankara. The trip of the Minister of Defense Mr. Nikos Panagiotopoulos and the Chief of General Staff, General Konstantinos Floros to Abu Dhabi takes place on the occasion of the defense material exhibitions “IDEX2021” and “NAVDEX 2021” which are hosted in the Arab country. However, The truth is that the political and military leadership of the two countries seal their excellent relations and the will to deepen their cooperation.
We remind you that in 2020 the Emirati people twice sent troops to Greece for joint training. In Souda, the UAE F-16 block 60 flew for almost a month with the “gunpowder-smoked” pilots of the Greek fighters, while units of the UAE Navy participated in the exercise “MEDUSA 10”, which took place in the sea area of Cairo and was attended by Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, France and the Emirates. It was the loudest message to the “palace” that the “sultan” could not do what he wanted in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Our country therefore “reciprocates” the participation of the UAE in training activities of the Armed Forces, sending the frigate “HYDRA” to the Persian Gulf. From February 19, the Greek frigate gives the “present”, having sailed to the port of Zagent in Abu Dhabi.
At the same time, executives of the Interdisciplinary Special Operations Administration are in Dubai and are training in free fall simulator. The UAE has an “air tunnel”, ie a simulator for the training of free-fall parachutists. The Arabs invited the Greek SOFs who of course agreed to go to the Emirates and train with the Emirati commandos in a fully controlled environment. The joint training will be attended by the Chief of GEETHA, General Konstantinos Floros.
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We must emphasize that the Emirati people are constantly pointing out the determination with which our country faced the Turkish challenges and this fact pushed them to want to upgrade their relations with us.
The more determined and credible we show and are, the stronger the alliances that will be built. Their importance, after all, in issues such as the experiences from the joint training of the personnel, the exchange of information and the assistance in military equipment, is enormous.
Panagiotopoulos: Extremely constructive meeting
The Minister of National Defense, Nikos Panagiotopoulos, met today with the successor of the Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
As announced, N. Panagiotopoulos and Sheikh Al Nahayan discussed the geopolitical developments in the wider region and the further strengthening and deepening of bilateral relations in the field of defense.
The Minister of National Defense underlined that Greece’s strategic relationship with the United Arab Emirates contributes to the promotion of security and stability in the wider region.
N. Panagiotopoulos attended the opening ceremony of the international exhibitions of defense equipment “IDEX 2021” and “NAVDEX 2021”, which are held under the kind support of the President of the UAE. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center. He then went to the Greek pavilion of international exhibitions, where he had meetings with participating representatives of the Greek defense industry.
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The critical contacts of the Chief of GEETHA, Konstantinos Floros
The Chief of the General Staff of National Defense (GEETHA), General Konstantinos Floros, in the framework of his official visit to the United Arab Emirates, attended today the opening ceremony of the IDEX & NAVDEX 2021 exhibitions.
The ceremony was honored by the presence of Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan whom the Head of GEETHA had the opportunity to greet together with the other high guests.
Afterwards, Mr. Floros toured the premises of the Exhibition Center, visited the stands of representatives of the Greek Defense Industry and high defense technology of the UAE, as well as the Lockheed Martin showroom where he had conversations with high-ranking company executives.
The Head of GEETHA also had the opportunity to meet with the Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, with whom they confirmed the excellent cooperation of the Armed Forces of the two countries.
In addition, the Chief of General Staff met with the Chief of General Staff of the Jordanian Armed Forces, Lt. Gen. Youssef Huneyti., with whom they discussed developments in the Central and Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East. Also, at the center of the discussions were issues concerning the cooperation of the Armed Forces of the two countries.
Finally, Lt. Gen. Huneyti summoned the head of GEETHA to pay an official visit to Jordan as soon as possible and at a time of his choice, with the Greek General accepting the invitation.
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