The Armed Forces of Greece and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have expanded their military cooperation, as per an official statement released by the Hellenic National Defence General Staff (HNDGS).

As the announcement stated, on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, the “Greece-UAE Military Cooperation Program (MCP) for 2024” was signed in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The military cooperation was signed by the Head of the International Organizations Section of the Hellenic National Defense General Staff, Brigadier General Vasileios Tsamis, and the Director of the Directorate of International Affairs of the UAE Armed Forces, Brigadier Staff Jamal Al Marzooqi.

The MCP includes, among others:

  • Participation in cross-branch exercises, as well as those of the individual branches of the Armed Forces.
  • Joint training of Special Forces – Special Operations Forces.
  • Co-trainings regarding Crisis Management – Electronic Warfare Disaster Response and Mine Disposal – Improvised Explosive Devices.
  • Participation in training at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center (NMIOTC) and carrying out joint training using simulators at the Battle Tank Simulator Center in Alexandroupolis.
  • Staff exchange and visits to schools and multinational schools.
  • Staff meetings and conversations on matters of mutual interest.

The signing of the Program reaffirmed the continuously evolving Military Cooperation between the two countries, further strengthening the bonds of their Armed Forces, while expanding their interoperability, contributing to enhancing the role of Greece and the UAE as pillars of stability and security in the Mediterranean and Middle East region.