Israel, Greece, Cyprus hold naval drill as they deepen ties

·

It said the “Noble Dina” exercise, which was led by Israel and also included France, covered “anti-submarine procedures, search and rescue scenarios, and a scenario simulating battle between ships.” The exercise was concluded on Thursday.

“Over the past week, the Navy led a large-scale exercise in which it implemented capabilities in underwater warfare, search and rescue, convoy escort and surface combat,” Rear Admiral Eyal Harel, the head of Israeli naval operations, said.

“These exercises are of paramount importance in strengthening the Navy’s connection with foreign fleets who share common interests,” he added.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (C), his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Cypriot President Nikos Anastasiadis shake hands in Athens on January 2, 2020, ahead of the signing of an agreement for the EastMed pipeline project designed to ship gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / AFP)

Greece and Cyprus are embroiled in a dispute with Turkey, which has sent gas prospecting vessels into waters claimed by Greece and drilling ships into an area where Cyprus claims exclusive rights. The tension brought NATO allies Greece and Turkey close to open conflict last year, but tensions have eased since then.

Israel and Turkey were once close allies but had a major falling-out in 2010, when 10 Turkish citizens were killed by Israeli forces as a Turkish-led flotilla tried to break Israel’s blockade on the Gaza Strip.

The two countries agreed to a U.S.-brokered reconciliation agreement in 2016, but ties broke down two years later over a U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan portrays himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and has provided political support to Hamas, the Islamic militant group that seized power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007. A number of Hamas leaders are based in Turkey, and Erdogan met with the group’s top leader, Ismail Haniyeh, in December 2019.

*Source: Associated Press

Advertisement

Share:

KEEP UP TO DATE WITH TGH

By subscribing you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Latest News

Professor Con Aroney’s book ‘Bound to Two Homelands’ launched in Sydney

The official Sydney launch of Professor Con Aroney’s book, 'Bound to Two Homelands – A Kytherian Odyssey,' was held.

Four generations of Greek voices on stage at Brisbane concert in June

'Axion Esti and Masterworks,' will be performed in Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Concert Hall on Wednesday, 5 June 2024.

Record participation in 2024 Greek Language Certificate Exams at Macquarie University

102 candidates from NSW and ACT sat for exams for the Certificate of Attainment in Greek language at Macquarie University.

Australian media lawyer James Raptis resigns amid links to plagiarism operation

Media lawyer James Raptis has resigned from his position at Australian Community Media after being linked to an AI plagiarism operation.

Melbourne businessman George Papageorgiou falls victim to online lender

Melbourne small business owner George Papageorgiou has opened up about how he fell victim to an online lender.

You May Also Like

‘Time for acts to break inaction’: Greek PM introduces harsher punishments for sexual abuse

“Greek society underwent a shock when it began to learn about its hidden facades,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in parliament.

Funerals and religious services in NSW to allow up to 50 people from June 1

The New South Wales Government has announced coronavirus restrictions at religious services, weddings and funerals will be relaxed from June 1.

Melina Aslanidou announces March 27 as new date for Greek Fest Darling Harbour

In an almost sold-out concert at Sydney's Enmore Theatre last night, Melina Aslanidou announced that the new date for the Greek Fest Darling Harbour...