Greek FM; Israel one of Greece’s closest friends in world, ‘certainly in the region’

Even with massive uncertainty over the future of Greece and its economy, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias held discussions on Monday with National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz about future energy cooperation.

Kotzias, who arrived in Israel on Sunday despite the dramatic referendum at home, discussed with Steinitz the possibility of creating a Israeli-Greek-Cyprus energy corridor, and the laying of a gas pipeline between the three countries as a way of helping the Greek economy.

Kotzias was referring to a potential plan to lay a natural gas pipeline stretching from Israel to Cyprus to Greece, providing a gateway to the European market for Israel. While thus far Israel has only signed full-fledged and preliminary gas export arrangements with its immediate neighbors, Egypt and Jordan, much discussion has taken place over the past few years about other opportunities for export, to countries such as Cyprus, Greece and Turkey.


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