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Lieberman: Cyprus and Israel enjoying best ever ties

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman says his country and neighbouring Cyprus are enjoying the best relations as the two nations continue push forward with plans to exploit gas reserves in the south east Mediterranean Sea.

Lieberman arrived on the island of Cyprus on Friday where he met Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides, Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides, and the Head of the Central Intelligence Service (CIS) Kyriakos Kouros.

Relations between Israel and Cyprus have warmed considerably since gas explorations got underway in the sea between the two countries some seven years ago.

“Despite the political and security problems in the region, we remain as two small democracies and very worthy friend,” Lieberman told reporters on Friday.

“The new chapter in our bilateral relations started very well seven years ago and today that relationship is probably the best is has ever been in our history. We have very close cooperation on many levels in sectors such as security, politics and the economy.”

Last year, Cyprus, Israel and Greece entered into trilateral cooperation on matters concerning energy, security, trade and tourism in the region.

Cyprus and Greece have entered into a similar tripartite agreement with Egypt.

Earlier in the summer, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades flew to Jerusalem where he held to talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The two men had discussed various issues bilateral relations, developments on the Cyprus problem, regional developments and matters relating to the trilateral cooperation between Cyprus, Greece and Israel.

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