Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis wrapped up a working visit to Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, February 4, with a visit to the Emirates’ Heroes Monument Wahat Al Karama where he laid a wreath, and then visited and toured around the Louvre Museum.
Speaking to reporters in Abu Dhabi after concluding his visit to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis stated that “there is a group of countries with which we share a common understanding around the promotion of stability and peace in our wider region”.
He continued that “it is clear that there was a big gap in relations with these two countries (Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) and it is certain that very significant Gulf funds could be mobilized to support the recovery of the Greek economy”.
“We have launched a clear roadmap on how we can mobilize significant capital from Abu Dhabi”, Kyriakos Mitsotakis concluded.
Earlier and on the second day of his visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the Prime Minister had a morning meeting with the Deputy Head of Mubadala State Investment Authority, Homaid Al Shimmari.
A working lunch followed with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in the presence of the Director of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). The lunch took place at the ADIA headquarters.
The discussions mainly revolved around the investment interest already expressed for Greece by the Abu Dhabi State Investment Funds. Given the improving climate for our country in international markets, the growth prospects of the Greek economy and the investment-friendly initiatives promoted by the Government, Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on Abu Dhabi’s fund managers to strengthen their presence in our country.
During his talks with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, they discussed developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region focusing on Turkey’s provocative behavior especially regarding the Libyan issue, where there was a conflict of opinion.
Given the climate amidst which the meeting took place, as well as the Prime Minister’s tete-a-tete conversation with the Crown Prince, it follows that the strategic option is to deepen political and economic relations between the two countries. In particular, the United Arab Emirates expressed a strong desire to strengthen economic relations with Greece in the context of enhancing political cooperation between the two countries.
During the meetings, the United Arab Emirates expressed a strong intention to make Greece the strongest tourist destination in the Eastern Mediterranean region. At the same time, during the talks with the UAE government investment agencies a strong interest was expressed on their behalf in investments in Greece in the agri-food sector, tourism and real estate.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis paid tribute to the Emirates’ Heroes Memorial with a wreath, walked around the site and wrote in the guest book: “It is my honor to visit this magnificent monument in memory of the brave heroes of the United Arab Emirates. Our two countries and peoples will be forever bound by bonds of mutual respect and deep friendship”.
Afterwards, the Prime Minister accompanied by his wife Mareva Grabowski-Mitsotakis visited the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi, which operates in collaboration with the Louvre in Paris. French director Manuel Rabatè showed Kyriakos Mitsotakis around the museum. Concluding his visit to the museum, the Prime Minister had a brief conversation with Abu Dhabi Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The Prime Minister was accompanied on the Arabian Peninsula by Minister of Development Adonis Georgiadis; Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy and Openness, Kostas Fragogiannis; National Security Advisor Alexis Diakopoulos; the Head of the Economic Bureau of the Prime Minister’s General Secretariat, Alexis Patoulis, and the Advisor to the Diplomatic Bureau of Prime Minister’s Secretariat, Grigoris Delavekouras. /ibna
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