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‘Cyprus can help Palestine’

Palestinian Energy Minister Omar Kittaneh

COOPERATION between Cyprus and Israel in the energy sector could prove useful to the Palestinians, said Palestinian Energy Minister Omar Kittaneh.

In an interview with the Cyprus News Agency during a working visit to the island, Kittaneh was asked to comment on the cooperation between Cyprus and Israel.

He noted that his visit in Cyprus began with a meeting with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, who is very well known for his positive positions towards Palestinian issues and has many friends in Palestine.

While aware of the good relationship between Cyprus and Israel, Kittaneh noted that Nicosia “is very consistent in being friends with the state of Palestine”.

“There is no conflict in that. On the contrary, we can utilise this relationship in order for Cyprus to clarify our positions in a more clear and friendly way and I believe Cyprus is capable of finding solutions that can be satisfactory for both sides,” he said.

“Cyprus can be the medium for us to get our points across”, he added.

On Tuesday, the Palestinian energy minister signed signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with his Cypriot counterpart Giorgos Lakkotrypis on energy cooperation between Cyprus and Palestine.

The MoU provides for the establishment of a Joint Committee, which will set out the framework for conducting dialogue between the two sides on energy-related issues, provides for the holding of meetings, exchange of information and staff and the realisation of joint training initiatives.

The memorandum covers the exploration of opportunities for cooperation in the field of energy, notably in the sectors of electricity and renewable energy sources.

During his stay, Kittaneh also attended the 24th Conference of the Energy Charter in Nicosia, which attracted more than 140 participants from 81 countries, including ministers, deputy ministers, top officials and academics.

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