President Sheikh Mohamed arrives in Greece for an official visit

President Sheikh Mohamed has arrived in Athens for an official visit to Greece.

Upon his arrival at the presidential palace, Sheikh Mohamed was received by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

An official reception ceremony was held at the palace, where the anthems of the United Arab Emirates and Greece were played.

In a tweet, President Sheikh Mohamed shared photos from the reception.

“Today I arrived in the ancient city of Athens and had the pleasure of meeting President Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and members of the Greek government,” he said.

“The UAE is committed to strengthening strategic relations and economic ties with our key partners.”

During the meeting, President Sakellaropoulou said that the two countries share the same vision of peace, security and prosperity in the region.

For his part, President Sheikh Mohamed expressed his joy at the continuous development of relations between the two countries observed in recent years.

He pointed out that trade between the two nations had increased by 17%, despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UAE President’s Diplomatic Advisor, Dr. Anwar Gargash, said online that “Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed’s visit to Athens today reinforces a long-standing strategic partnership.

“The UAE and Greece have explored areas of common interest; investment and economic cooperation to facilitate the energy transition. Working with our friends for a peaceful and prosperous future.”

The UAE leader is accompanied by a delegation including Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad, Counselor for Special Affairs at the Presidential Court; Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technologies and Managing Director and Managing Director of Adnoc Group; Ali Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary General of the Supreme National Security Council; and Sulaiman Al Mazrouei, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Greece.

Sheikh Mohamed also met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, where the couple discussed bilateral relations and ways to improve them.

Mr. Mitsotakis met Sheikh Mohamed in Abu Dhabi in May.

As part of the visit, the UAE and Greece agreed to create a €4 billion ($4.22 billion) initiative to invest in the Greek economy.

Investments will be made in sectors such as infrastructure, renewable energies and new forms of energy, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture, and logistics.

The UAE and Greece established a strategic partnership in 2020 based on a relationship that dates back to 1976, when the countries established a joint committee for economic, cultural and technical cooperation.

In 2021, the value of non-oil foreign trade between the UAE and Greece reached nearly 2.1 billion dirhams ($571.7 million), up 67% from 2020, figures show. of the Ministry of Economy.

Updated: August 25, 2022, 5:05 p.m.

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