Relations between Cyprus and Israel have entered a new, extremely dynamic phase in recent years, FM stresses

Relations between Cyprus and Israel have entered a new, extremely dynamic phase in recent years, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides has stressed, adding that “this has been a strategic choice that goes far beyond our geographical proximity and is anchored on a shared vision for a stable and secure future – for our countries and their people, but also for the region.”

Addressing a reception hosted by the Embassy of Israel in Nicosia, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel, Christodoulides said that “the outcome of this strategic choice is the unprecedented level of cooperation we have achieved, both at the bilateral level, but also at the regional level. There is a joint commitment to advance our cooperation even further, and the frequent exchange of visits at all levels bears testimony to this commitment,” he noted.

Furthermore, Christodoulides said that during his visit to Israel in March, “with both President Rivlin and Prime Minister Netanyahu, we discussed ways of tangibly expanding our bilateral ties in various important fields, including that of energy.”

“My visit to Israel was followed at the beginning of May by the 4th trilateral summit in Nicosia between the President of Cyprus and the Prime Ministers of Israel and Greece, under the title Building People to People Bridges, during which a number of agreements were signed in the fields of telecommunications, technology and environment. We very much look forward to the 5th summit in Beersheba,” Christodoulides added.

He also referred to the historical bonds between the people of Cyprus and Israel, recalling that after the Second World War “Cypriots provided shelter, to the best of their abilities, to thousands of Holocaust survivors, who were temporarily on the island, on their way to Israel from a war-torn Europe, having escaped the horror of the Holocaust.”

Source: Cyprus News Agency