Security cooperation agreement between Israel and Greece

Defense Minister Ehud Barak meets with his Greek counterpart Panagiotis Beglitis

Date: 04/09/2011, 5:58 PM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Defense Minister Ehud Barak signed a security cooperation agreement with Greek Defense Minister Panagiotis Beglitis on Sunday (September 4) during a meeting at the Kirya base in Tel Aviv.

“We welcome the Greek defense minister and thank the Greek government for their rapid assistance during the Carmel fire. We’re pleased with the strengthened relationship between Greece and Israel in all aspects, including defense,” Barak said at the end of the meeting.

Barak added that Israel and Greece are “ancient nations that provided the world with culture. Looking ahead, the nations expect to see a deepening of the cooperation between the two governments, defense ministries and peoples.”

According to Barak, the security cooperation agreement represents future cooperation with the Greek government. “Both Greece and Israel are undergoing a difficult period in the world and I believe we view each other positively.”

The IDF (Zahal) conducts training with many foreign militaries. Recently, the cooperation between the Greek military and the IDF (Zahal) has grown significantly.

In June, the Israel Air Force participated in a joint training exercise with the Greek Air Force in the Larissa area using UH-60 Black Hawk and Boeing AH-64 Apache helicopters.