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Israeli Defense Ministry reassures Greece, Cyprus over trilateral alliance

Three weeks after his official visit to Turkey, Defense Minister Benny Gantz visits Greece in an effort to reassure his counterparts that rapprochement with Ankara won’t come at the expense of the trilateral Hellenic partnership.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz (R) and his Greek counterpart, Nikos Panagiotopoulos.

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz met today in Athens with Greek Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, three weeks after visiting Turkey and meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, taking the opportunity to slam Iran’s activities and offer Israel’s help in easing the ongoing Turkish-Greek dispute.

“Iranian aggression continues to be a great threat to the region and the world,” Gantz said at a joint news conference with his host. “We see Iran's involvement in the war in Ukraine; the UN Board of Governors voted tonight again affirming that it (Iran) continues to develop its nuclear program. We see its support for terrorism and its proxies in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and also in the West Bank, and just this week an Iranian drone hit a civilian ship. This is another sign of the need to stop the spread of Iranian influence in the region and the world — and its influence on its affiliates. This is what we are doing through CENTCOM's umbrella in the region."

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