The Emirati and Israeli air forces launched drills in Greece which will last until Thursday.

This is the second time that such joint military exercises are carried out by the UAE and Israel, as the two countries shared in 2016 the same military drills in the United States where the maneuvers focused on confronting Iran’s military power.

The U.S., Italy and Greece air forces will also take part in the war game, named Iniohos 2017, that will run from March 27 to April 6.

According to Haaretz newspaper, the F16 Emirati warplanes were shown at the maneuvers.

This is while the UAE and Israel don’t have diplomatic ties. However, confidential contacts have been solidifying the military ties between the two countries.

“Multinational training engagements such as these strengthen our relationships, maintain joint readiness and interoperability, and reassure our regional allies and partners,” read a US Army statement.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the drills comes as Israel and Greece share the hope of keeping the Russian-Iranian Hezbollah axis from growing.

Certain Persian Gulf Arab countries have also established more covert engagements with Israel in order to fight what they call “the Iranian threat”.

Israel also participated in a three-day joint military exercise with Cyprus last week, when the Israeli Air Froce tested Cypriot air defense.