THE BIG QATEmir of Qatar Sheikh Visits Greece to Strengthen Economic and Bilateral Ties

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has embarked on his inaugural official visit to Greece, marking a significant step in enhancing bilateral relations between the two nations. This visit follows closely on the heels of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s trip to Doha in late February, where discussions centered around fortifying economic and investment cooperation.

Arriving at the Presidential Palace at approximately 11:00 a.m., the Emir was welcomed by Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou. The agenda for this high-profile visit includes extensive talks on bolstering cooperation in several key sectors, notably the economy, investments, energy, tourism, and defense.

Prime Minister Mitsotakis and the Emir of Qatar are poised to deepen ties through these discussions. Highlighting the importance of this visit, a government source stated, “This meeting is pivotal in strengthening our bilateral cooperation, particularly in economic investments and energy sectors.”

Regional developments, such as the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and the broader EU-Qatar relations, are also expected to be topics of discussion. Qatar has played a significant role in mediating the negotiations for the release of hostages held by Hamas, a fact that Mitsotakis acknowledged during his recent visit to Doha.

Accompanying Sheikh Tamim are key figures from Qatar’s government, including the ministers of Transport, Energy, Trade and Industry, Culture, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Director of Studies and Research, and the CEO of the Qatar Investment Authority. This delegation underscores the comprehensive nature of the discussions planned, aimed at fostering stronger economic and cultural ties.

Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (L) at the Presidential Palace in Athens discussing with Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou (C). 

From the Greek side, the extended talks will see participation from ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Energy, Culture, and Shipping, along with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs responsible for economic affairs. This extensive involvement from both nations signifies a mutual commitment to reinforcing their partnership.

Earlier in his tour, Sheikh Tamim visited Cyprus, meeting with President Nikos Christodoulides. During their meeting, they reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing bilateral relations. President Christodoulides emphasized, “We have excellent relations with great prospects, especially in the fields of economy and investment. Cyprus can act as Qatar’s ambassador in Brussels, and I look forward to further strengthening our cooperation.”

The Emir of Qatar echoed these sentiments, expressing his optimism about the potential for further collaboration. He stated, “We indeed have excellent relations with great prospects, especially in the fields of economy and investment. I look forward to the talks we will have later.”

This visit by the Emir of Qatar is not only a significant diplomatic event but also a strategic move to strengthen ties with Greece and other regional partners, aiming for a more robust and cooperative future.

Checkout the latest updates from Greece and around the world on our website and stay connected with us via our social media pages for the freshest gists on the planet. You may also reach out to us to share updates or your own stories, photos, and videos. Send all updates and stories to