Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

(Γ.Τ. Πρωθυπουργού/ Δημήτρης Παπαμήτσος)

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, in Al Yamamah Palace in Riyadh

During their meeting, the two leaders reaffirmed the exceptional level of the bilateral relationship and discussed the prospect of further deepening and expanding their cooperation in areas of mutual interest, such as investment, energy, tourism and defence.

Both sides underscored the significance of the newly established Greek-Saudi Business Council for strengthening the ties between the business communities of the two countries and explored how to further promote investment initiatives and connectivity projects.

They agreed on the establishment of a Greek-Saoudi Supreme Cooperation Council, which will be convened for the first time within the first half of 2022 in order to strengthen and further promote bilateral cooperation.

The Prime Minister and the Crown Prince exchanged views on developments in the wider region of the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and Northern Africa.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis pointed out that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a steadfast and important partner, who plays a deeply significant role in the Gulf region, while emphasizing Greece’s role as a pillar of security and stability in the region.

The Prime Minister briefed the Crown Prince on the destabilizing and counterproductive role that Turkey plays in the region. He pointed out that Greece stands ready to engage in dialogue, on the basis of respect for international law, for sovereignty and sovereign rights and under the condition of abstention from provocative actions.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis explicitly condemned all attacks against the territory of Saudi Arabia. The Crown Prince thanked Greece on behalf of Saudi Arabia for providing a “Patriot” missile battery to bolster the Kingdom’s defences.

The meeting was attended, on the Greek side, by Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Openness Costas Fragoyiannis, the Director of the Prime Minister’s Diplomatic Bureau Ambassador Eleni Sourani, Deputy Government Spokesperson Aristotelia Peloni and the Chief Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister Alexis Patelis.