The Minister of National Defence Panos Kammenos, the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Cyprus Savvas Angelides and the Minister of Defence of Egypt Mohamed Ahmed Zaki attended the joint exercise “MEDUSA 7” performed by Greece – Cyprus – Egypt, at the high seas of Crete, initially by the helicopter carrier “ANWAR EL SADAT” and afterwards by the Frigate “ELLI”.
The exercise was also attended by the Chief HNDGS Admiral Evangelos Apostolakis HN, the Chief HNGS Vice Admiral Nikolaos Tsounis HN, the Chief HAFGS Lieutenant General Christos Christodoulou and the Commander in Chief of Hellenic Fleet Vice Admiral Ioannis Pavlopoulos HN.
The Greek Minister of National Defence made the following statement:
“Today, “MEDUSA 7”, an exercise of large extent, took place at the presence of the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Cyprus, the Minister of Defence of Egypt, the Chief HNDGS, the Chiefs of the Hellenic Air Force and Navy, the Chief of the National Guard and the Chief of the Armed Forces of Egypt.
It is the seventh exercise in a row, which has become trilateral; Egypt and Cyprus are its active partners, and countries from the Middle East, NATO and the European Union are observing the exercise.
The axis of stability which has been formed, and its centre consists of Greece, Cyprus and Egypt, is a hope for the turbulent region of the South-eastern Mediterranean.
The fact that this military partnership has received positive remarks from NATO, the European Union and all those countries who seek to establish stability in the broader region is not incidental.
Through such trilateral agreements, Greece builds an axis of stability which stretches from the Balkans to North Africa.
I would like to congratulate the leadership of the Greek Armed Forces, the Officers, NCOs, enlisted and national guardsmen who participated in this exercise, attesting high professionalism and constantly improving performance.
As far as the Special Forces are concerned in particular, Greece proves that on one hand it desires peace and stability in the area and, on the other, that it prepares its Armed Forces so as to respond to any threat.
I firmly believe that this development, namely the establishment of our country to a centre of stability in the broader region, as well as the international agreements which have started in the field of defence, will open new roads to transforming Greece to a critical energy hub and energy producer.
We are here, in Crete, where the deposits – whose extraction has already been signed, especially in the south part of Crete – will become the centre for our country’s growth regarding the extraction of natural gas, but also the pipe which will connect the deposits of Egypt, Israel and Cyprus with the Greek deposits, providing to the European Union the opportunity to achieve some self-reliance to its natural and energy sources”.