Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met with visiting Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman at Maximos Mansion on Tuesday evening.
The Saudi prince is paying an official two-day visit to Athens, and is accompanied by a broad delegation of business representatives and government officials. It is also his first visit to European territory since April 2018.
“This is an opportunity to reaffirm the dynamic of our strategic relations,” Mitsotakis said to Mohammed bin Salman, adding that the two will also discuss “how to furthern enhance the significant relationship between our two countries, with a special emphasis on economic collaboration.”
The Saudi prince pointed out that his visit is a historic opportunity for the two countries and will lead to agreeements in the fields of energy, renewables, and communications. “We are also interested in hydrogen and how to turn Greece into a hub for Europe in terms of hydrogen, which is something that will change the parameters for both countries,” he noted.
Mohammed bin Salman’s Athens visit marks the strategic nature of Greece-Saudi Arabia relations, which were confirmed during the Greek premier’s official visit to Riyadh in October 2021, noted Greek government sources earlier.
The Saudi prince’s visit will culminate in the signing of agreements on Wednesday, reflecting Saudi Arabia’s strong interest in broad investments in Greece, sources added. In addition, they said, one of the reasons Saudi Arabia is paying particular emphasis in its relationship with Greece is that it considers it a pillar of stability in the region.