The American National Herald newspaper revealed that Greece and the UAE agreed on a joint defense treaty, on Monday, which calls for assistance if the territorial integrity of a country is threatened, and the newspaper said that the agreement is part of a broader strategic partnership agreement between the two countries.
The UAE had previously supported Greece against Turkish provocations: when Turkey sent an energy research ship, Oruç Reis, and warships off the Greek island of Kastelorizo.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is trying to build international alliances against Turkey, including with France, where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has escalated his aggression.
The deal was part of a broader deal on cooperation in foreign policy, as Turkey finds itself increasingly isolated and faces the prospect of EU sanctions by the end of the year unless it withdraws its ships from Greek waters.
Unidentified sources told the Greek newspaper Kathimerini that the deal had a clear defense orientation and is arranged for countries without common borders that do not belong to common alliances.
Kathimerini said it is clear that the deal aims to counter Turkey's attempts to destabilize the eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, but Greece and the United Arab Emirates did not want to say so.
As part of the agreement, the Emirati technical staff will be trained by the Hellenic Aviation Industry (EAV).