Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Beginning of ‘Long Friendship’ Between Cyprus and Israel

It is the beginning of a long friendship between Israel and Cyprus, said Defence Minister Demetris Eliades after signing agreements on aspects of common defence and exchange of intelligence with his counterpart Ehud Barak in Israel.

Cyprus and Israel share common principles and want peace with neighboring states, said Eliades, who has invited Barak to visit the island in the first half of 2012.

The defence agreements follow earlier economic agreements to delineate each nation’s maritime border or Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and to cooperate on energy issues such as exploring for offshore gas and oil.

It is the first time a Cypriot defence minister has made such a visit to Israel which comes after the alliance between Turkey and Israel waned over a row to do with the deaths of nine Turkish activists at the hands of Israeli special forces in 2010.

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