The trilateral summit between Cyprus, Greece and Israel set to take place on January 8, in Nicosia, was postponed on the request of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and efforts are being made to set a new date.

According to Times of Israel, Netanyahu requested the postponement in order to attend the final Knesset votes on a law to shutter mini-markets on Shabbat (Saturday).
The visit will be rescheduled by the Foreign Ministry, according to reports in Isreali media.

Government Spokesman Nikos Christodoulides currently in Riyadh accompanying Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on his official visit to Saudi Arabia, told CNA that Netanyahu cited an internal issue of high importance.

Christodoulides added that Israel has proposed a new date for the trilateral meeting which was not convenient for Cyprus and Greece. The issue, he said, is expected to be sorted out in the coming days and a new date will be set.

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