Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman begins his tour today with a visit to Greece, before he arrives in France, on a visit that comes amid regional and international changes and conditions, the latest of which is the Ukraine war and the energy crisis.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is scheduled to start an official two-day visit to Greece, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will arrive in Paris from Athens on Wednesday for a two-day official visit to France.
The visit’s agenda indicates that the Saudi Crown Prince and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will hold extensive talks on the same evening at the headquarters of the Council of Ministers at Maxim Palace, followed by the signing of several agreements between the two countries.
A diplomatic source at the Greek Embassy in Riyadh told the German News Agency that the agreements “include many areas, most notably energy, military cooperation, and maritime transport, which the Saudi Cabinet approved at the beginning of this month, in addition to laying a marine communications cable linking Europe with Asia.”
The source hinted at a common desire of the two countries to expand the volume of military cooperation between Riyadh and Athens, especially after the latter’s decision in September 2021 to send the “Patriot” missile system to Saudi Arabia on loan and limited Greek forces affiliated with the 114 Combat Wing, numbering 120 soldiers, according to an agreement signed between the two countries in April 2021 to work on this equipment.
The visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to France in 2018 witnessed the signing of 19 protocols and agreements between French and Saudi companies with a total value of more than $18 billion, including industrial sectors such as petrochemicals and water treatment, in addition to tourism, culture, health, and agriculture.