The discovery of substantial hydrocarbon reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean can transform the region, driving growth and progress and promoting peace and stability, President Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday, adding that Cyprus is ready to co-operate with neighbouring countries in pursuing these goals.
Accepting the credentials of Israel’s new ambassador to Cyprus Yael Ravia-Zadok at the Presidential Palace, Anastasiades said the bilateral co-operation between the two countries is “advanced and in the right direction”, noting that Cyprus is “committed to further strengthening the two countries’ co-operation on energy”.
“Our countries co-operate extensively on a number of issues, including energy, strategy, tourism, and culture,” Anastasiades said.
“My visit to Israel, and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s subsequent visit to Nicosia, are proof of the strong bonds between the two countries.”
Israel’s new ambassador assured Anastasiades that she will make every effort to expand the current relationship into energy, tourism, culture, education, agriculture, defence, and security.
“We can foster stronger regional co-operation in the areas of security, energy security, tourism, and economic growth,” Ravia-Zadok said.
“The challenges of terrorism and Islamic extremism necessitate such regional co-operation more than ever.”
The diplomat described Cyprus as a “friend”, recalling that its people played an important role in establishing the state of Israel and offered help to the thousands of Jews who fled the horror of the Holocaust during World War Two.