PM Tsipras to visit Israel and Palestine on 25 and 26 November
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will pay an official visit to Israel and Palestine at a very crucial period for Middle East, the bilateral relations and Greece’s role in the region.
Tsipras will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the President of Israel Reuven Rivlin and other officials.
According to government sources, Tsipras’ visit to Israel aims at the broadening of the financial cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the sectors of energy (distribution of natural gas, management of water sources), tourism and technology. The Greek delegation will also propose a trilateral meeting between Greece, Cyprus and Israel. The talks will also focus on the prevailing conditions in the wider region.
The Greek Prime Minister will be in Palestine on Thursday and will meet with the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. The same sources said that it will confirm the traditionally warm relations between the Greek and the Palestinian people and in parallel will contribute to the upgrading of Greece’s relations with the Arabic World. The talks are also expected to focus on the cooperation at interministerial level. Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to visit Athens on 21-22 December.
Tsipras will also visit the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, Transport and Networks Minister Christos Spirtzis, State Minister Nikos Pappas, Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Amanatidis and government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili constitute the Greek delegation that will accompany Tsipras.
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