President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed arrives in Greece on an official visit

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The UAE's President Sheikh Mohamed has arrived in Athens for an official visit to Greece.

Upon his arrival at the Presidential Palace, Sheikh Mohamed was received by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

An official reception ceremony was held at the palace and the anthems of the UAE and Greece were played.

The UAE leader is accompanied by a delegation that includes Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court; Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad, Adviser for Special Affairs at the Presidential Court; Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and managing director and group chief executive of Adnoc; Ali Al Shamsi, Deputy Secretary General of the Supreme National Security Council; and Sulaiman Al Mazrouei, UAE Ambassador to Greece.

Sheikh Mohamed is scheduled to meet Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during his trip, where the pair are expected to discuss bilateral relations and ways to enhance them.

As part of the visit, the UAE and Greece agreed to create a €4 billion ($4.22bn) initiative to invest in the Greek economy.

Investments will be made in sectors including infrastructure, renewables and new forms of energy, health care and pharmaceuticals, food and agriculture, and logistics.

The UAE and Greece established a strategic partnership in 2020 based on a relationship that dates back to 1976, when the countries set up a joint committee for economic, cultural and technical co-operation.

In 2021, the value of non-oil foreign trade between the UAE and Greece reached nearly Dh2.1 billion ($571.7 million), up 67 per cent from 2020, figures from the Ministry of Economy show.