A U.S. Patriot missile system is seen at a Turkish military base in Gaziantep February 5, 2013. The United States, Germany and the Netherlands each committed to sending two batteries and up to 400 soldiers to operate them after Ankara asked for help to bolster its air defences against possible missile attack from Syria. REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT)

Writing by Beyza Binnur Donmez​​​​​​​

A team of the Greek Armed Forces is on its way to Saudi Arabia to deliver a battery of Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems, a National Defense General Staff statement said on Tuesday.

A ceremony was held in the capital Athens which saw the attendance of Defense Minister Nikos Panayotopoulos and Chief of Staff Konstantinos Floros.

Speaking at the ceremony, Floros described the move as a “historic moment” and said that it would “contribute to world peace and security”.

He added that the cooperation between the two nations will contribute to “ensuring stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.”

In April, Greece and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement to lend a Patriot battery to the Arab country during Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias and Panayotopoulos’ visit to Riyadh.