Greece and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to forge a strategic alliance that includes not only economic cooperation, but also extends to the areas of cooperation in defense and foreign policy, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday during his visit to Abu Dhabi.
“My visit to the United Arab Emirates today and the signing of the relevant agreements constitute a strategic upgrade of Greece-United Arab Emirates relations,” he noted.
“There is now a clear roadmap for how relations between the two countries can become even closer. Both countries are facing the challenges in the Eastern Mediterranean through the same perspective. They remain committed to the peaceful settlement of disputes and respect for international law,” Mitsotakis added.
In a joint statement Mitsotakis and Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan condemned Turkey’s violations of Greece’s sovereignty and the upheld the sovereign rights of Greece and Cyprus. They also decried Turkey’s overall aggressive behavior in the Middle East, the Southeastern Mediterranean and South Caucasus, as a flagrant violation of international law.
In this context, both governments called on Turkey to abide by international law and to immediately stop all illegal and provocative actions, the two leaders stated.
“Greece and the UAE underline their steadfast commitment to international law and the UN Charter as the foundation for peace, security, good neighbourhood relations and the peaceful resolution of problems for all the countries of the region,” they added.
Both governments reaffirmed their commitment to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries of the region. Additionally, Greece and UAE agree on the added value of the further enhancement of their cooperation within the framework of regional and multilateral mechanisms.
“UAE and Greece expressed their concern over the export of terrorism and extremism and reaffirm their common engagement to tackle terrorism and extremism in all their forms, while calling on the international community to adopt a strict stance toward this aggression,” both leaders stated.