Saudi-Greek ties have reached a historical high in the past year, resulting in joint military exercises and defense cooperation. The increased Riyadh-Athens relations are mainly driven by the countries’ shared interest to counter Turkey. Besides Saudi Arabia, Greece has been cultivating close relations with its “protectorate” Cyprus, and Mediterranean Sea neighbours - Egypt and, separately, Israel - but also with the UAE. All of these partnerships are defined or exacerbated by Turkey’s growing ambitions.
This article has been updated on October 28, 2021.