Saudi Arabia and Middle Eastern countries attract European interest | Atalayar

Peter Stano, Chief Spokesperson of the European Union (EU), gave a press conference in Brussels where he announced that Europe is ready to strengthen its relations with certain countries in the Middle East, especially those belonging to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

According to the spokesperson, the two organizations share common goals and he asserts that improving relations between the two parties could be of great benefit to all citizens of these countries. The EU, in particular, would be interested in starting to share ties with Saudi Arabia.

AFP/BERTRAND GUAY – French President Emmanuel Macron greets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, July 28, 2022

“The European Union, Saudi Arabia and all the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council share an interest in developing this relationship, our cooperation,” he added. Stano said. “Our partnership is one of the objectives of the EU and we want to engage more, both with the GCC and with its member states, including Saudi Arabia,” he continued.

Saudi kingdom interests EU member states. The spokesperson said that Europe is ready to take further steps to establish good relations with Saudi Arabia and is interested in cooperation in various economic fields. Stano points out that the Kingdom’s energy and ecological transition projects are highly valued internationally, and that the country’s potential is highlighted, which is why Saudi Arabia is in the crosshairs of the European organization.

It should be noted that Saudi Arabia is immersing itself in a revolutionary energy process. The Kingdom wants to decarbonize its industry and is developing renewable and sustainable projects that positively change its image internationally.

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Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of the Saudi Royal Court via REUTERS – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announces the construction of a zero-carbon city called “The Line” in NEOM, northwestern Saudi Arabia 10 January 2021

Few years ago, the government has launched an ambitious plan to fight climate change and decarbonize the country. It was the national renewable energy program and since then the Saudi kingdom has been involved in photovoltaics and hydrogen. The latter is an excellent alternative to the use of hydrocarbons and can be used for any type of transport. The country is building factories to obtain hydrogen, which would also allow it to enter a whole new market.

It is also worth mentioning the Saudi Vision 2030 program. This government strategy mainly aims to reduce the country’s dependence on oil in order to diversify its economy into other sectors and promote other more sustainable industries that will change the image of the Kingdom for the better.

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AFP PHOTO / NEOM – A handout image provided by NEOM of Saudi Arabia on July 26, 2022 shows the design plan for the 500-meter-tall parallel structures, collectively known as The Line, at the heart of the Red Sea megacity NEOM

One of the projects in this program is the futuristic eco-city of The Line. This city, whose design was recently announced and which is part of the NEOM project, promises to become an example for the development of other futuristic cities due to its environmental commitment. This is a complex that will run on 100% renewable energy and will combine nature and urbanism to preserve the health of its inhabitants.

Europe can take advantage of the official visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the European continent to strengthen its relations with the Kingdom. The prince has already visited Greece and France as part of his first tour of the Old Continent, where issues such as the recent energy crisis due to Russia’s blockade and other issues aimed at strengthening bilateral relations were discussed.

In Greece, the prince met the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and his entire team. The meeting resulted in the signing of several agreements on military issues, investments, science and technology. Other highlights include the creation of a megaproject to build an undersea data cable linking Europe and Asia to supply the continent with clean and green energy, as well as the development of other projects related to green hydrogen.

El primer ministro griego Kyriakos Mitsotakis saluda al príncipe heredero saoudí Mohammed bin Salman antes de su reunion in the oficina del primer ministro in Atenas el 26 de julio de 2022 AFP / YORGOS KARAHALIS
AFP/YORGOS KARAHALIS – Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis greets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman before their meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Athens on July 26, 2022

In France, Ben Salman met with French President Emmanuel Macron. The meeting also resulted in several energy cooperation pacts, showing that Europe is looking for new reliable partners.

The EU is at a crossroads due to tensions with Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. The Old Continent is looking for energy alternatives to cover Russian supplies, and countries like Saudi Arabia seem to have a lot to offer.

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