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Greek Prime Minister Visits Abu Dhabi

Greek prime minister visits Abu Dhabi

The strengthening and upgrading of bilateral relations at a strategic level was sealed by the meeting of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Greek delegation with the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the UAE mission – November 18, 2020 The two leaders expressed the strong desire to strengthen economic relations, in line with the political and
defense cooperation between the two countries, a fact that emerges from the strategic choice to further deepen relations at the political and economic level. During the meeting, an in-depth review of the rapid progress made in recent months in bilateral relations and across the spectrum of bilateral co-operation was discussed, while developments in the Eastern Mediterranean region were discussed with emphasis on Turkey’s destabilizing behavior. The most important aspects of the strategic cooperation between Greece and the United Arab Emirates, which are sealed with the Joint Declaration of the two governments, as well as with the signatures by Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias of the Joint Declaration of Strategic Partnership between Greece and the UAE were also discussed. Bilateral Agreement in the fields of foreign policy and defense. The signing of the agreements demonstrates the identity of the positions on both sides in the face of the common challenges facing the two countries at regional level and upgrades the relations between the two countries at a strategic level in all areas of mutual interest. The agreement on cooperation in the fields of foreign policy and defense provides, inter alia, for the establishment of a High Level Committee, which will oversee its implementation, as well as the strengthening of defense cooperation on the basis of the 2007 military cooperation agreement. The upgrade and deepening of the relations between Greece and the UAE gives a new perspective to the strengthening of the regional multilateral cooperation schemes that move in the same strategic axis, with the aim of the cooperation the consolidation of climate of stability and peace in the wider region, while Turkey acts with a series of illegal actions. , endangers regional security. The Greek side was represented by the Minister of Development and Investment, Adonis Georgiadis, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Diplomacy and Extroversion, Mr. Konstantinos Frangothiannis Eleni Sourani and the Ambassador of Greece to the United Arab Emirates, Ambassador Dionysios Zois. * Following is the joint statement of the governments of Greece and the United Arab Emirates. Joint statement Of the Government of the Hellenic Republic and the Government of the United Arab Emirates, on the occasion of the visit of the Greek Prime Minister to Abu Dhabi His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Emirati Armed Forces, received His Excellency Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic on November 18, 2020. The two leaders met to discuss further strengthening and expanding strong, bilateral co-operation between the two countries, based on close ties of friendship and mutual understanding of the growing challenges in the wider region, which require further coordinated action. On this occasion, and building on the important steps that have already been taken with the aim of promoting bilateral relations, the two leaders formally concluded the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the United Arab Emirates and the Hellenic Republic, targeting trade-oriented results, initiatives, but also joint action in key areas of common interest. The two governments underline their unwavering commitment to international law and the Charter of the United Nations and the principles enshrined therein, as the basis for peace, security, good neighborly relations and the peaceful settlement of disputes for all countries in the wider region. In this light, the “Abraham Agreement” signed between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to consolidate relations is a historic achievement that contributes to peace, stability and mutual understanding between the peoples of the Middle East. The two governments reaffirm their commitment to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of states, stressing the need for coordinated action by the international community to address existing interventions at regional level and to promote respect for state sovereignty. The two governments condemn Turkey’s violation of the sovereignty and sovereign rights of the Hellenic Republic and the Republic of Cyprus, as well as its overall aggressive behavior in the Middle East, the Southeastern Mediterranean and the South Caucasus, in flagrant violation of the International while recalling the obligation of all states to refrain from the threat or use of force as provided for in the Charter of the United Nations. In this spirit, the two governments call on Turkey to respect international law and to immediately cease all illegal and provocative actions. In addition, the two governments are concerned about the export of terrorism and extremism to the wider region and the exploitation of existing conditions in conflict areas. The two sides reaffirm their common commitment to combating terrorism and extremism in all its forms and call on the international community to respond strongly to this threat. The two governments also agree on the added value of further expanding their cooperation, together with and within regional and multilateral mechanisms. In this spirit, the Hellenic Republic is committed to playing a constructive role, contributing to the strengthening of historical and friendly ties between the UAE and the European Union. The UAE-Greece Overall Strategic Partnership includes the following pillars – without being limited to them. Political Cooperation and International Humanitarian Development: The UAE and the Hellenic Republic have agreed to step up their political dialogue and strategic consultations and to intensify their alignment on regional and international issues of mutual interest. The two governments also agreed to work together on international humanitarian projects and development initiatives, strengthening their co-operation in multilateral fora. Trade, Investment and Tourism: The two governments will further strengthen their economic ties with the aim of strengthening their ties in trade, investment and tourism. They will facilitate the exchange of know-how and information in all areas related to investments of common interest, will strengthen SMEs and entrepreneurs, will create a network of business structures that will encourage cooperation, such as business incubators and similar business networks (incubators and clusters), while taking steps to enhance capacity building and promote entrepreneurship in both countries. Culture : Recognizing the value of enhancing mutual knowledge and understanding of the two countries’ cultural heritage, the two governments will promote co-operation in the cultural industries, with an emphasis on architecture, design, performing arts, fine arts, literature and publications, and cooperation between museums and cultural institutions. Energy: The two governments will intensify their cooperation in the field of energy, and more specifically in the field of energy transition, petrochemicals, sustainable and clean energy, with an emphasis on the exchange of technical knowledge, skills and know-how. Digital and Government Services: The two governments will intensify their cooperation on digital processes and government services, with an emphasis on government accelerators, smart services, government performance, innovation and excellence, strategic foresight and strategic planning, as well as strategic management. Food / Food and Agriculture: The two governments will strengthen their cooperation in the fields of food, agriculture and fisheries, while promoting related projects and collaborations in order to strengthen common strategies and food security goals. Defense : The two governments stressed their readiness to intensify their cooperation in the field of defense and to explore new perspectives, with the aim of effectively addressing common challenges that endanger regional and global peace, security and stability. Source: Government of Greece

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