Dendias from Riyadh: Greek Patriot missile unit going to Saudi Arabia


Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and Defence Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos concluded their joint visit to the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

He confirmed the long standing reports that a Greek Patriot unit will be relocated to Saudi Arabia to defend the country's airspace and infrastructure.

"We signed an Agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council, which was a long-term goal of both sides," the head of Greek diplomacy said on Twitter.

"We have also signed an Agreement to relocate an array of Patriots to Saudi Arabia, which is a great step forward for our country in cooperating with Gulf countries and a contribution to the wider security of the West's energy sources," he continued.

"Greek foreign policy, with its main goal being the connection of our country with Gulf countries, took another step forward," the foreign minister added.

He described the participation of the UAE and Saudi Arabia in the INIOCHOS-21 exercises as a new "front of understanding on the solid basis of international law."

"All the countries of the wider region, with the exception of one, which co-sign International Law as a means of communication and as a way of conduct, are welcome in this broader understanding that we seek," the foreign minister said in indirect reference to Turkey.

The foreign minister also met in a cordial atmosphere with Saudi Minister of State Adel al-Jubeir.

Dendias and Panagiotopoulos also met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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