Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and visiting UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, discussed consolidating cooperation ties between the two nations and prospects of strengthening their strategic partnership. A series of regional and international issues of interest featured high during their discussions.
At the start of the meeting, Premier Mitsotakis welcomed the visit of the UAE Head of State, underscoring his confidence that the visit will further advance cooperation between the two nations.
The two sides also discussed opportunities for boosting collaboration, most notably in areas of economy, investment, development and environment, as well as in renewable energy and food security. They exchanged views on the latest regional and international developments of mutual concern, stressing their common views toward forging peaceful solutions to the region’s conflicts and the need to strengthen international security and stability.
President Al Nahyan expressed his happiness at visiting Greece and at advancing bilateral relations between the two countries, noting the importance of building on the agreements and MoU signed by the two sides. He also stressed the need to strengthen their cooperation in addressing mutual challenges related to the economy, trade, food security and climate change.
He thanked Premier Mitsotakis for inviting the UAE to participate as Guest of Honour in the 86th edition of the annual Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF). The UAE is the 1st Arab country to be invited to participate as a guest of honour in the event, which is reckoned to be the oldest international trade fair, dating back to 1926. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed said that the UAE was to participate in the event with a delegation of over 40 entities representing the public and private sectors, underscoring the deeply rooted ties between the two countries and their keenness to advance and strengthen their relations.
Prime Minister Mitsotakis lauded the UAE’s significant efforts to maintaining regional and international security and peace and promoting tolerance and moderation, stressing the keenness of Greece to further strengthen its bilateral ties with the UAE.
Their discussions included the latest developments in the €4 billion joint investment fund announced by the two countries during the visit of the Premier to the UAE in May 2022, in addition to the outcome of the UAE-Greece Business Forum attended by over 50 Greek entities representing the public and private sectors, along with over 20 leading Emirati companies.
At the end of the meeting, the two sides stressed their keenness to enhance the relations between the UAE and Greece, as well as diversify the foundations of their overall strategic partnership related to the process of sustainable development and their national economies while noting their common views on promoting tolerance, coexistence and cooperation between communities, especially during times of crises.
Premier Mitsotakis then hosted a meeting for their respective delegations and banquet luncheon. On behalf of the UAE, they were attended by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Zayed bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Presidential Court; Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology; Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme National Security Council, and Sulaiman Hamid Salem Al Mazroui, UAE Ambassador to Greece.