The prime focus of Israel, Greece and Cyprus right now is to develop the Eastern Mediterranean pipeline which is a great project, and could be one of the great underwater projects in the world, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, prior to a meeting he had with the Foreign Ministers of Cyprus and Greece, Nikos Christodoulides and Nikos Kotzias, in Israel.
“Equally we think it is important that all countries respect the territorial waters, internationally recognised territorial waters, and this is something that is important for all of us,” Netanuahu stressed.
According to an official press release issued in Nicosia, the Israeli Prime Minister noted that “between Greece, Israel and Cyprus we have many things we cooperate on, environment, energy, security, emergency services, tourism and others.”
“Our prime focus right now is on energy, on developing the Eastern Mediterranean pipeline, it’s a great project, could be one of the great underwater projects in the world and obviously it is something we think it is important,” he noted.
On his part, Christodoulides said that “this is the second time we are in Israel in six months. It is very important that our cooperation, the cooperation of the three predictable reliable democracies of the region is recognised by the international community as having an added value for the stability in the region, our cooperation is recognised as a pillar of stability.”
He went on to say that he was looking forward to today’s consultation “and through substantial discussions and decisions not only to enhance our cooperation, but also to pave the way for an enlarged regional cooperation.”
In his remarks, Kotzias said that “we have to discuss about the situation in the Middle East, it is very important to discuss about Syria, about a peace plan. We are three countries that love peace and democracy and that is the reason why we want to develop further our cooperation and we have many ideas and many thoughts and we will discuss them.”