Saudi Arabia, Greece agree to strengthen defense and security cooperation


Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, met with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday on bilateral relations and opportunities to improve prospects for cooperation between their countries in various fields .

Meeting in Riyadh, they also exchanged views on regional and international developments to support and strengthen security and stability in the region.

They agreed to increase the readiness and skills of their military personnel through joint military exercises and maneuvers. They agreed to coordinate and exchange their military experiences to ensure the security of the two countries and the stability of the region.

The two sides decided to locate supporting technology and military industries while aiming to promote and develop such cooperation to ensure the security and stability of their countries.

A statement at the end of their talks said officials discussed future opportunities for economic cooperation and enabling trade and investment partnerships as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.

They stressed the importance of all efforts to achieve a comprehensive political solution to the Yemeni crisis on the basis of the three references: the Gulf initiative and its executive mechanism, the results of the Comprehensive National Dialogue and the relevant resolutions of the Council. Security Policy, including Resolution 2216.

They also condemned armed drone and ballistic missile attacks by Iranian-backed Houthi terrorist militias in Yemen on Kingdom territory.

The two leaders also stressed the need to strengthen the international partnership to fight extremism and terrorism.

The statement revealed that officials have agreed to look into the possibility of setting up a mutual fund.

Saudi Arabia praised the direct partnership of the Greek private sector with its Saudi counterpart in the areas of desalination plants, drinking water, water pipes, sewage treatment plants, among others. They hoped to strengthen cooperation in the renewable energy sector, military and pharmaceutical industries and logistics services.

In addition, the two sides agreed to hold regular Saudi-Greek investment forums bringing together several business leaders and heads of private sector institutions from both countries.

The Council of Saudi Chambers and the Hellenic Business Federation (SEV) recently signed an agreement to establish the Saudi-Greek Business Council to exchange expertise in maritime training and education and promote cooperation between administrations naval.

The statement said the two delegations exchanged views on the situation in their regions, in addition to political issues, crises in the Middle East and international issues of common concern.

They underlined the need for the international community to assume its responsibilities in the maintenance of international peace and security and to put an end to all forms of interference in the internal affairs of countries in order to ensure security and stability in the Middle East and around the world.

The Greek side commended Saudi Arabia’s efforts to maintain regional and international peace and security.

The statement also addressed the Prime Minister’s participation in the Middle East Green Initiative summit, appreciating its positive role in achieving environmental stability and balance and in minimizing the effects of climate change, this which, in turn, will bring prosperity and development to the people of the region. .

Mitsotakis commended Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the great efforts and constructive and distinct initiatives on tourism and climate change.

It participated in the Future Investment Initiative Forum at its fifth session, which examined global economic trends and the future of the international investment environment.


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