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Cypriot FM’s visit is important, Israeli counterpart says (updated)

Foreign Minister Nicos Christodoulides and his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi

A trilateral meeting between foreign ministers from Greece, Cyprus, and Israel will be hosted in Nicosia, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides and his Israeli counterpart Gabi Ashkenazi said on Tuesday, following a trip by the Cypriot FM to Israel.

The two ministers also reassured the commitment of their governments to continue and intensify efforts to extend and enhance bilateral cooperation and ties in the fields of political dialogue, security, energy, tourism, research and innovation, and investments.

Ashkenazi welcomed Christodoulides to Ben Gurion airport, in Tel Aviv, where the Cypriot FM arrived on a Cyprus Air Force helicopter.

“Welcome to Israel Cypriot FM Christodoulides. Happy to host you on your short but important visit that will further strengthen bilateral relations. Looking forward to discuss with you increased cooperation in the economic, security and strategic realms,” Ashkenazi said in a social media post.

Christodoulides and Ashkenazi discussed, among others, the latest developments in the broader region of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East, focusing on Turkey’s ongoing illegal and destabilising activities, the situation in Libya, developments in Syria and other regional issues.

The two ministers also discussed the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic in both countries and the broader region, and the cooperation of the two countries to address them effectively.

The foreign ministry said in a statement views were also exchanged on the secure restart of tourism as soon as conditions allow.

Both ministers also reviewed with satisfaction the progress that has been achieved in the framework of the trilateral cooperation mechanism of Cyprus, Israel and Greece and agreed the next trilateral meeting of the three countries’ foreign ministers will take place in Cyprus.

The two ministers also discussed EU-Israel relations and agreed on the importance of enhancing and promoting them, recognising the positive role that Cyprus can play towards this.

Due to the general situation concerning the Covid-19 pandemic and the protection measures taken the meeting was held at Ben Gurion airport.

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