Tsipras on two-day visit in Israel; Meets with Netanyahu to discuss energy cooperation and bilateral security cooperation
Greek’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is on a two-day visit to Israel and met with Prime Minister Netanyahu on Wednesday in Jerusalem, their meeting focused on alternative energy cooperation between Israel and Greece as well as increasing bilateral security cooperation.
Speaking to the press alongside Netanyahu, Tsipras stated “One of the main issues in our talks today were the opportunities arising in the fields of energy, the fields of energy in the East Mediterranean. We are considering ways on cooperation in research, drilling and transportation of gas from Israel to Europe.” He stated that Greece and Israel “are on the way toward strategic cooperation” and that Greece is a “friend of Israel”.
Natural gas discoveries have been made in the waters of Israel, Cyprus and Egypt, plans to construct a pipeline between Israel’s gas fields to Cyprus already underway.
Netanyahu also spoke of energy cooperation, stating that Greece and Israel are “two democracies in the eastern Mediterranean and we are obviously aware that we have a world of opportunities – of technology, of development, of progress – to seize and we can seize it better through cooperation.”
The Prime Minister additionally spoke on Israel contribution to tourism in Greece pointing out the large number of Israeli tourists to Greece, around 350,000. He stated, “It’s a lot but there can be more and we of course welcome every visitor from Greece, beginning with the prime minister, and everyone else. There is, as you said, a natural affinity between the Israelis and the Greeks. It’s very obvious when you go to either country.”
Israel, Greece and Cyprus are scheduled to hold a 3-way gas summit in January.