During his first European trip in the post-Covid era, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman visited Greece. The visit comes at a time of importance and change. Reflective support to the national interests of Greece and Cyprus, but also reflective of the changing geopolitical landscape in the Mediterranean region considering various challenges ahead of us.
The bilateral agenda includes many aspects to be discussed and yet to be finalized.
From various business and tourism investments to tourism, to energy, to R&D, to design and architecture, to defence, to name a few.
We are attentive to the importance of the bilateral relationship built into yet another strategic agreement between Greece, in cases Cyprus, and the KSA.
Greece actively supports significant trilateral relations, including the UAE and Israel but also Egypt and Jordan. Greece is attempting to reformat strategic corridors. Seemingly attempts to restructure foreign policy that will be more effective and resilient to the changing challenges and variables that make current alliances reshaped or enhanced.
At a bilateral level, we are to see a joint venture on almost all significant issues of importance.
The PM of Greece, Mitsotakis, stated that Greece seeks considerable investment opportunities from the KSA. In comparison, it offers a range of counter-offers.
Three things stand out of importance. Reflective on the changing geostrategic landscape:
The East Med-data corridor that will change the Digital Map
Defence measures that satisfy safety and security.
Energy issues (Petrol, Gas, and Hydrogen)
One would claim that Greece seems ready to restructure the South-east Mediterranean corridors and collaboration map. To help push for more business relations with, among others, the KSA. Greece could become a hub of tolerance and co-existence. Help shape the future of an organization that surrounds countries of “the willing” From the Medi, East Med, Middle East, and the Gulf to overcome challenges while keeping national interests relevant.
One clear statement comes clear at this stage.
Interests have changed. We expect strategic partnerships and alliances in the long run, which are yet to be reshaped.
Challenges ahead of us make all think of options. This is the continuity of a long game change in the South-East Mediterranean region.