Greece sends Patriot system to Saudi Arabia on loan

Greece sends Patriot system to Saudi Arabia on loan
Greece sends Patriot system to Saudi Arabia on loan
, United Arab Emirates (CNN)–The Greek Chief of Staff, Konstantinos Floros, announced that his country has sent a Patriot missile system to Saudi Arabia, coinciding with the United States’ withdrawal of missile systems, equipment and soldiers from the Kingdom and regions in the Middle East.

On his Twitter account, on Wednesday, the Greek Chief of Staff published pictures of the system’s farewell ceremony and limited Greek forces affiliated with the 114th Combat Wing, apparently playing them.

Floros said that the mission of the system sent to Saudi Arabia will work to maintain peace and stability, especially in the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean.

Greece provides Saudi Arabia with the Patriot system on loan under an agreement signed between the two countries last April.

Saudi Arabia relies on air defense systems, such as the Patriot, to protect its vital targets from almost daily missile attacks launched by the Houthis in Yemen.

Earlier, the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, directed the US Army Central Command, which oversees the region, to withdraw these equipment and elements, starting from the summer.

America strengthened its military presence in Saudi Arabia after attacks on oil facilities in the Kingdom in September 2019. At that time, Saudi Arabia and America accused Iran of being behind them, which led to the disruption of half of its oil production and supplies to the world.

Following the attacks on Saudi oil facilities, the United States of America sent thousands of soldiers and two batteries for the Patriot missile system and the “THAAD” thermal high-altitude air defense system.

In a related context, the Saudi Cabinet, headed by King Salman bin Abdulaziz, approved, on Tuesday, the establishment of the General Authority for Defense Development, whose mission is to research and develop in the fields of technology and defense systems, on the sidelines of the council meeting on Tuesday, according to the news agency. Saudi Arabia (SPA).

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