Pres. Rivlin to Greek PM: 'Energy cooperation is a cornerstone of stability'

President Rivlin holds first working diplomatic meeting since coronavirus outbreak, with Greece's Prime Minister Mitsotakis.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis with Israel's Pres. Reuven Rivlin
Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis with Israel's Pres. Reuven Rivlin
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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday morning held a working meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who is visiting Israel.

This is the first diplomatic meeting the President has held since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rivlin welcomed Mitsotakis to Jerusalem, saying, “This year we celebrate 30 years since the important decision of your father to upgrade our relations. Today we enjoy flourishing ties in the fields of energy, security, trade, tourism, culture, and emergency response. That is of no surprise. After all, our two Mediterranean peoples have so much in common.”

Speaking of the close relations between the countries, he said, “Athens and Jerusalem are pillars of Western culture. We share values, and regional interests which have deep roots and long history. Today, our energy cooperation is a cornerstone of stability in the wider Mediterranean region. The EastMed project will deepen this cooperation even further. We also have vast connections in the field of tourism, and I hope we can resume flights between Tel Aviv and Athens soon.

“I have no doubt that under your leadership, our relationship will reach new heights. Your visit here during these challenging days when both of our nations are fighting the coronavirus, is a testimony of our important relations. God bless Greece, and God bless our special friendship, in these challenging days. Challenging days which, I have no doubt, we shall overcome together.”

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said, “I still remember very fondly when I visited you in this office as the leader of the opposition, and now I have the opportunity to come to Israel for the first time as Prime Minister of Greece. I am here to reaffirm the long-standing friendship between our two countries, but as you very correctly said - mostly between our two peoples.”