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Netanyahu stresses importance of Cyprus ties

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he is fully committed to upholding close relations with Cyprus ahead of Sunday night’s meeting with President Nicos Anastasiades in Jerusalem.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Israel’s cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said, “Naturally, we will discuss developments in the region and the question of the gas outline and the supply of gas, that interest our countries and others.”

“This evening I will meet with the President of Cyprus, my friend Nicos Anastasiades. He is coming to Jerusalem. Of course, many things have taken place in the region, and I ascribe great importance to our relations, especially at this time.”

Anastasiades and Netanyahu are set to discuss various issues including bilateral relations, developments on the Cyprus problem, regional developments and matters relating to the trilateral cooperation between Cyprus, Greece and Israel.

The meeting will take place at 7pm with Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypris – who is also in Israel along with Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides and Government Spokesperson Nicos Christodoulides – confirming that the big focal point of the talks will be energy in the region and the ongoing developments in the third licensing round within the island’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

Israel and Turkey moved to normalise ties recently after six years of strained relations over a deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish ship delivering aid to Gaza in 2010. Ten Turkish activists were killed in the assault.

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