It is an agreement that formalizes the two countries’ intention to cooperate even more closely on military matters, including joint training of members of the armed forces and joint exercises
London, Thanasis Gavos
Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos is visiting Britain, with the aim of signing an agreement on closer defense cooperation between the two countries.
Mr. Panagiotopoulos is welcomed in London by his counterpart Ben Wallace. First, the two ministers will inspect a military parade at Horse Guards Parade, the historic venue for military parades and official equestrian displays in Westminster, a few hundred meters from the British Ministry of Defense and Downing Street.
Then Mr. Panagiotopoulos and Wallace will go to the naval base of Portsmouth in the south of England, where on the British destroyer HMS Diamond they will have talks to strengthen bilateral defense cooperation and to this end they will sign the so-called Joint Vision Statement.
It is an agreement that formalizes the two countries’ intention to cooperate even more closely on military matters, including joint training of members of the armed forces and joint exercises.
At the same time, a new cooperation framework is defined to deal with modern threats, such as hybrid warfare and cyber warfare.
In response to a question from SKAI about the importance that London attaches to the visit, a representative of the British Ministry of Defense had stated a few days ago: “We have a historic defense relationship with Greece and we continue to work closely together as strategic partners and allies in NATO.”
The representative had added that the ministerial meeting “will build on our close relationship, putting on the carpet the common threats and challenges we face and looking forward to new opportunities for cooperation”.
In the agenda of the talks of Mr. Panagiotopoulou and Wallace also included matters of cooperation in the framework of NATO in view of the meeting of the defense ministers of the Alliance in Brussels next week.
HMS Diamond is the third in a series of Type 45 destroyers built for the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom and entered service in September 2010, based in Portsmouth.
Among other things, she has participated as a flagship in a NATO mission in the Middle East, but also in a British mission in the Far East.
The Greek minister is accompanied by a small delegation of staff and executives from the Ministry of Defense.
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