Cyprus Mail

Flurry of meetings in wake of Israeli PM’s visit

TUESDAY’S meeting between President Nicos Anastasiades and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the beginning of a series of exchange visits and meetings to take place in the coming months, the government said on Wednesday.

Government spokesman Nicos Christodoulides told CyBC that Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides is due to visit Israel between August 2-4 to discuss the issue of security while Energy Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis is expected to travel to Israel in September.

Also a meeting of the heads of Cyprus, Greece and Israel is on the cards after the preparatory meeting of the foreign ministers of the three countries in New York in September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Christodoulides said Anastasiades and Netanyahu had discussed very specific issues related to energy and natural gas, but also expansion of the energy sector.

“There were discussions on several issues of the energy sector but it would not be correct on my part to talk publicly about any of this,” he said. “But the minister of energy’s visit to Israel in September is exactly in this direction. We should expect very important specific developments that will help both countries and the region in general.”



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