Athens: Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, has met with Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic, in the Greek capital, Athens.
The UAE diplomat conveyed the greetings of President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his wishes for progress and prosperity to the Hellenic Republic and its people, highlighting the depth of the UAE-Greek ties.
The Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis welcomed Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed and his accompanying delegation, as well as conveyed his greetings to President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, reaffirming the distinguished relations between their two countries.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed the outcome of the official visit paid by President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Hellenic Republic in August 2022, which aimed to advance the level of partnership between the two countries and create promising opportunities for the development of joint cooperation in several vital fields.
The discussions further touched on the importance of strengthening cooperation on the economic level, given that the total trade exchange between the two countries reached some US$561 million in 2021, a growth rate of about 68 percent compared to 2020.
The frameworks for joint cooperation in the aviation sector and the importance of continuing work to increase direct flights between the two countries were also discussed.
Sheikh Abdullah stressed that the UAE-Greece cooperation has been steadily developing in various fields, highlighting the two countries’ keenness to invest in all available opportunities to expand and develop their partnership in a way that achieves the mutual interests of their peoples and contributes to strengthening security and stability in the region.
The UAE diplomat praised the prominent role of the Hellenic Republic in contributing to strengthening relations between the UAE and the European Union.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Omar Saif Ghobash, Assistant Minister for Culture and Public Diplomacy, Mr. Saeed Mubarak Al Hajeri, Assistant Minister for Economic and Trade Affairs, and Mr. Sulaiman Hamed Salem Al Mazrouie, UAE Ambassador to Greece.