The two-day 2nd EU Arab world Summit entitled "EU ARAB RELATIONS – CHALLENGES OF THE FUTURE: FOREIGN POLICY, POLITICAL AND SECURITY DIMENSIONS", started on Thursday, November 9th, 2017, at the Athens Concert Hall. The Summit is organized under the Auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, under the Patronage of the European Parliament and in Cooperation with the Arab League, the Union of Arab Chambers and the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The EU-Arab Summit is organized by Delphi Economic Forum, Al-Iktissad Wal-AAmal and Symeon G.Tsomokos S.A under the Strategic partnership of Consolidated Contractors Company and supported by the Business Councils of Greece-UAE, Greece-Kuwait, Greece-Qatar and Greece-Saudi Arabia.
The Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Alexis Tsipras addressed at the opening of the 2nd EU-Arab World Summit. PM Tsipras pinpointed the need of cooperation between Europe and the Arab World inviting the Arab world to take advantage of the important investment opportunities currently offered by Greece. “There is a certainty that Greece is exiting the crisis, that Greece has crossed the Rubicon of the crisis,” said Tsipras, noting that this was apparent in more than just the figures. He also pointed to Greece’s position as “a geopolitically crucial country and a very attractive destination for investments. Moreover, he noted that Greece has historic bonds with the Arab world and plays an important role in shared economic growth, cooperation and peace in the region. “It is clear that the European Union must support the rapid resumption of credible talks on the Palestinian issue, aiming at a fair solution based on the co-existence of two states that live together in security.” The foundation of an independent, viable state of Palestine based on the borders of 1967 with East Jerusalem as its capital is the Greek position and one that Athens has supported for many years, said Tsipras.
Speeches were also made by the President of Cyprus, Nikos Anastasiades, the Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, the Vice President, Energy Union, European Commission, Mr Maros Sefcovic, the Minister of Trade and Industry of Egypt, Mr. Tarek Kabil, , the Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, the Minister of State for Investment Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Mr. Muhannad Shehadeh, the Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. George Katrougalos, the State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Mr. Soltan bin Saad Al-Muraikhi, , the representative of the President of Palestine, the Economic Counsellors to the Prime Minister of Iraq, Dr. Nabeel Shaath, Khadim Mohammed Jawad Hassan Al-Hassani, the Assistant Secretary General for economic Affairs of the Arab League Kamal Hasan Ali and the President of the Union of Arab Chambers, Senator Nael Al Kabariti.