Just 5 months before the Qatargate scandal broke out, which resulted in Eva Kaili being behind bars, accused of financing from Qatar, in Athens the Saudi prince had lunch in a “secret” meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. the European Commissioner Margaritis Schinas and the deposed MEP.
As the investigation of the “Editors’ Newspaper” in collaboration with the Dutch platform “Follow the Money” and “Reporters United” reveals, just a few days after the publication of Politico, which revealed that Saudi Arabia approached Kyriakos Mitsotakis and offered to pay for all the infrastructure in Greece and Egypt in order to agree to jointly host the 2030 World Cup, the Commission vice-president made an extraordinary trip to Athens on July 27, aiming to have lunch with Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Eva Kaili.
According to Doman’s report, the former Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi, the Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, the Prime Minister of Montenegro Dritan Abazovic and the Saudi Minister of Energy participated in this meeting. In fact, Rama said in his statements that he was in Athens, with the aim of an energy agreement, describing Mohammed Bin Salman as a “friend”.
As Efsyn reports, the Saudi prince who invited Mitsotakis to Ryan, in February 2020 and October 2021, did not come to our country “empty-handed”, as the value of the agreements signed during the trip is estimated at 4 billion euros.
A total of 700 people on 7 planes accompanied Bin Salman to the Four Seasons in Asteras Vouliagmenis, where the “secret meal” reportedly took place. A meal which, according to the publication, was not on the schedule of the prime minister, Schinas, nor Kaili.
In questions sent by Reporters United to the prime minister about the meal at the luxury hotel, he says he did not receive any response.
The report cites a report by Spiegel magazine, according to which Kylie’s husband, Francesco Giorgi, reportedly testified to Belgian authorities that he and former MEP Pierre-Antonio Panzeri had considered, just a week before their arrests, the possibility cooperation with a representative of Saudi Arabia. According to Giorgi, “they met the Saudi ambassador in the Mauritanian mission to the EU, who wanted information about what is being said about his country in the European Parliament.”
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