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Greece will use its Western links in the Middle East

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Significance

This is the outcome of the Greek foreign ministry’s consistent policy orientation for the last few years, of intensifying relations with the Arab world while building excellent relations with Israel. It is a consequence of Greece’s rivalry with Turkey, siding with states in the region that have similar concerns about the latter’s hegemonic regional ambitions.

Impacts

  • Athens and Cairo will together define the loose ends of their bilateral maritime agreement through thorough delimitation of exclusive zones.
  • Greece will intensify military cooperation with Israel and the UAE, especially in the context of their air forces.
  • A new tripartite Greece-UAE-India partnership is developing, a counterweight to the growing relationship between Turkey and Pakistan.
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