Strengthening and deepening of Greece’s strategic relations with the UAE was agreed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Giorgos Gerapetritis with his Emirati counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The excellent level of bilateral relations between Greece and the United Arab Emirates was confirmed during yesterday’s meeting between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Giorgos Gerapetritis, and his Emirati counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in Abu Dhabi.

Mr Gerapetritis traveled to the Emirates after the conclusion of the EU – Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Ministerial Summit in Oman.

Developments in the Middle East and the Balkans as well as regional issues were at the center of the talks. The two Ministers agreed to continue to strengthen the strategic relationship between the two countries and to contribute, as far as possible, to the de-escalation of the crisis in the Middle East.

“I am honored to be in Abu Dhabi for the first time in my official capacity to work towards the realization of our shared vision of a meaningful and deep partnership with the Emirates,” Mr Gerapetritis wrote in the guest book. of the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Athens wishes to link the strategic relationship it has developed with the Emirates and with India. It is recalled, in this regard, that our country’s relationship with India was recently upgraded to a strategic one as well. In the context of the above strategic relations, Greece is part of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) project.

Messrs. Gerapetritis and bin Zayed Al Nahyan also discussed the expansion of their cooperation in the field of culture, and in particular, the possibility of displaying Greek exhibits at the Abu Dhabi Louvre Museum, which has expressed a desire to do so.

From November 30 to December 12, 2023, the UAE will host the United Nations Global Conference on Climate Change, COP28, which will be held in Dubai. Greece will actively participate, organizing a series of events at its national pavilion, in order to highlight its priorities, such as the proposal to “address the effects of climate change on cultural and natural heritage” and the 9th “Our Ocean Conference” “, which will take place in Athens in 2024.