After the Rafale agreement, France and Greece will strengthen their bilateral cooperation on security and the economy

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Athens on Friday where they discussed strengthening bilateral relations with a focus on security and the economy under the Accord of strategic partnership, the Greek Prime Minister’s office said on Friday.

“Ways to strengthen bilateral relations at several levels with emphasis on security and the economy within the framework of the Greece-France strategic partnership agreement have been discussed,” the statement said.

Le Drian is currently in Greece to participate in the quadrilateral meeting in 3 + 1 format with Egypt and Cyprus as other counterparts to discuss regional and international issues.

During the meeting, Mitsotakis noted that the strategic partnership agreement has brought the bilateral relations of two states to a historically high level.

In addition, during the meeting of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, both sides criticized European states providing arms to states threatening other countries with force. .

According to Dendias, Greece would like other European states to follow in France’s footsteps by not supplying hostile states with weapons, threatening other countries (notably the EU) with force and destabilizing the region. Eastern Mediterranean.

Dendias noted that while Greece receives defense weapons from France, it contributes to regional security and that the Greece-France strategic partnership agreement does not threaten any state and is not directed against specific states.

On September 28, Greece and France signed a bilateral strategic partnership agreement. Under the agreement, Greece purchased three French Belharra frigates with the possibility of purchasing one more in the future. In addition, Greece and France have agreed that Greece will purchase 24 French Rafale fighter jets.

Earlier as EurAsian Times reported, France delivered the first Rafale fighter to Greece under an agreement signed earlier this year. The award ceremony took place at the Dassault Flight Test Center, in the town of Istres, in the south of France.


Dassault Rafale – Wikipedia

The Rafale will supply the HAF with the latest generation of multirole combat aircraft, allowing the Hellenic Republic to ensure its geostrategic positioning in full sovereignty. The delivery of the first Rafale is a clear demonstration of France’s determination to meet the expectations of the government of the Hellenic Republic and to actively participate in the country’s sovereignty, the Press kit by Dassault lu.

“After the Mirage F1 in 1974, the Mirage 2000 in 1985 and the Mirage 2000-5 in 2000, the Rafale now proudly displays the colors of the Hellenic Air Force. The Rafale is a strategic Game-Changer for the HAF. It will play an active role in ensuring the leadership of Greece as a great regional power. I would like to reaffirm our total commitment to the success of the Rafale in Greece ”, declared Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO CEO by Dassault Aviation.


In January, France signed an agreement with Greece for eighteen French-made Rafale fighters, including twelve used planes and six new. The first six used planes were due to start arriving in Greece six months after the contract was signed. The total cost of the squadron of 18 planes is 1.92 billion euros ($ 2.26 billion).

“Eric Trappier, Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation, today signs a contract for the sale of 12 Rafales with Florence Parly, Minister of the Armed Forces. These aircraft will replace the 12 Rafale de l’Armée de l’Air et de l’Espace (FASF) sold to the Hellenic Air Force. [Greek military air forces]”read the company’s January press release.