Cyprus Mail

Fact-finding trips planned for diaspora youth

Presidential Commissioner for Overseas Cypriots Fotis Fotiou

Youth from the Cypriot, Greek and Jewish diaspora will have the opportunity to visit the three countries in the summer as part of efforts to enhance cooperation between the diasporas of these countries, Presidential Commissioner for Overseas Cypriots Fotis Fotiou, said on Wednesday.

He was speaking after a meeting in Nicosia with Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, responsible for diaspora issues, Terence Quick, and the chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, Isaac Herzog.

The three men agreed on a joint tour of the three countries for a group of diaspora youth to help bring the new generation closer, meet each other and learn about each country’s history and civilisation.

They also agreed on a summit next January in Jerusalem of diaspora leaders, in the presence also of Fotiou, Quick and Herzog.

Utilising the Cypriot, Greek and Jewish diasporas, Fotiou said, could serve the interests of the three countries and the new generations living abroad closer together.

The diaspora, he said, is one of the most powerful tools to promote interests in strong decision-making centres abroad, adding that Cyprus, Greece and Israel remain powerful pillars of security, peace and prosperity in the region.