Saudi Crown Prince Meets Greek PM in First Europe Trip Since Khashoggi Murder

After Athens, MBS will continue to France. Both Greek and French leaders have visited Riyadh since the 2018 murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which sparked an outcry in the West

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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, on Tuesday.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, on Tuesday.Credit: REUTERS/Louiza Vradi
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Greece and Saudi Arabia will sign a deal in renewable energy and discuss other investments and security, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Tuesday in a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Athens.

Prince Mohammed's visit to Greece is his first to a member state of the European Union since the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"We can provide Greece and Southwest Europe through Greece with much cheaper renewable energy and get an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) signed about that today," Prince Mohammed said, sitting alongside Mitsotakis.

Prince Mohammed's last official visit outside the Middle East had been to Japan in 2019 for a G20 summit.

Greece and Saudi Arabia agreed in May on the main terms to set up a joint venture to build a data cable, the so-called "East to Med data Corridor", which will be developed by MENA HUB, owned by Saudi Arabia's STC and Greek telecoms and satellite applications company TTSA.

A Greek diplomatic source has said that a deal on the undersea cable along with other agreements in energy and military would be signed.

"We will be signing important agreements and we will have an opportunity to further discuss regional developments," Mitsotakis said.

Mitsotakis was among Western leaders who have visited Riyadh since the murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which sparked an outcry in the West and tainted the prince's image as a reformist pushing to open up Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter.

France's President Emanuel Macron also visited Riyadh last year and U.S. President Joe Biden met with Prince Mohammed on a trip to Saudi Arabia earlier this month as Washington works to ease tension with Riyadh.

U.S. intelligence has implicated the prince in the killing of Khashoggi, a charge the prince and Saudi authorities deny.

After Greece, Prince Mohammed will head to France.

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