Greece to sign agreement to transfer and operate Patriot anti-aircraft system in Saudi Arabia

2 19

Greece will sign an agreement with Saudi Arabia for the transfer, installation and operation of a Greek Patriot anti-aircraft system, said Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

"This is not an offensive weapon, but a defensive weapon that we will give to Saudi Arabia," he said during a discussion in a Parliamentary Committee about his bill to reorganise the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Greece to send and operate Patriot system in Saudi Arabia.
Greece to send and operate Patriot system in Saudi Arabia.

"Our country has not pursued and never pursues an aggressive policy," clarified Dendias.

At the same time, the Foreign Minister declared "absolutely open to improvement proposals" on the bill, noting that "no one claims the infallibility", while acknowledging that the budget of his ministry "is meager."

Dendias also pledged that the bill "will address the problem of insurance coverage of Greek diplomats serving outside the EU, providing a solution, even on a case-by-case basis."

Image result for Dendias
Greece's Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias.

"I hold the unequivocal note on the need to increase the budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I share this view," he said.

Responding to remarks on the organisational part of the bill submitted by opposition parties, Dendias said he listened to them "very carefully."

He emphasised that "it is not the whole of the reform - this is just the first phase of the digital transformation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs."

READ MORE: Saudi Arabia invites Greece to be involved in trillion dollar megacity project.