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Riyadh – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and visiting Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos held talks in Riyadh on Tuesday at al-Yamamah Palace.

During talks, they discussed Saudi-Greek relations and ways of promoting and developing them in various cooperative fields as well as the latest regional developments.

Both sides also signed two memorandums of understanding for bilateral cooperation in the domains of satellites and scientific and technical cooperation.

The first one, which was for cooperation in the field of satellites and their application, was signed by Prince Turki Bin Saud Bin Muhammad, president of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, and Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Kotzias.

The second MoU for cooperation in science and technology was signed by Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed and Greek Minister of International Economic Relations and Foreign Trade.

Following the session of talks, King Salman decorated Pavlopoulos with the King Abdulaziz Necklace, and the Greek president awarded the King the highest medal of Greece.

Earlier, the Greek President was accorded an official reception at the palace – national anthems of the two countries were played and the president inspected the guard of honor.

King Salman also hosted a luncheon banquet in honor of Pavlopoulos and his accompanying delegation.

The reception and banquet were attended by Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, deputy premier and minister of interior, Riyadh Emir Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Minister of the National Guard Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Minister of Culture and Information Adel al-Turaifi, Minister of Trade and Investment Majed al-Qasabi and others.

On the other hand, King Salman also received at al-Yamamah Palace on Tuesday U.S. Sen. John McCain.

During the meeting, they reviewed the relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States.

Moreover, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense later received John McCain as the two parties discussed bilateral relations and means of enhancing them.