Anastasiades to visit Israel on June 23

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Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will visit Israel on June 23 to promote joint defence, tourism ties and discuss Turkey’s tension-raising activities in the region.

Government spokesman Kyriacos Koushos told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that delegations of the two countries will also discuss foreign and defence policy issues, energy, and matters related to tourism.

Koushos said the President has the opportunity for his first contact with the new Israeli government headed by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

“Our excellent relations with Israel at all levels are well known. Therefore, it was decided for the President to visit Israel, accompanied by the Foreign Minister, Minister of Defence, the Energy Minister and the Deputy Minister for Tourism.”

“We want to reaffirm our excellent relations and our cooperation with the neighbouring country, which has expressed support on issues that concern the Republic of Cyprus,” said Koushos.

“The two sides will discuss issues related to the Eastern Mediterranean, focusing on the destabilizing activities of Turkey in the region, which include questioning the Republic of Cyprus and Greece’s sovereign rights, Turkey’s intervention in Syria and its involvement in Libya,” he added.

A tripartite summit of Cyprus, Greece and Israel will be arranged after the visits of Anastasiades and the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis later this month.