Israel and Greece: Cementing Relations

July 31, 2019

by: Edgar Asher

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin with Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias at the presidential residence in Jerusalem

Wednesday, 31 July 2019 | President Reuven Rivlin held a working meeting this past week with the recently appointed Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias. President Rivlin congratulated the foreign minister on his appointment and thanked him for visiting Jerusalem, pointing out that this visit is further confirmation of the importance both countries place on the relations between the two countries.

President Rivlin also remarked on the comprehensive cooperation between Israel and Greece in the areas of security, trade, energy, innovation and disaster management, as seen in the recent fires in Israel, where Greece assisted and stood alongside Israel.

The men discussed regional threats, including the Iranian regime’s attempts to destabilize the area. The two also shared their concern regarding growing anti-Semitism around the world.

President Rivlin told his guest, “I hope that your president can join us in Jerusalem in January 2020 for a conference to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and to work together to confront this modern evil. Holocaust denial and the rewriting of history are dangers to us all.”

The foreign minister thanked the president for welcoming him and stressed how important this meeting was to him on his short visit to Israel, only ten days after taking office. The foreign minister emphasized his concern over rising expressions of anti-Semitism in Greece and added that the Greek government appreciates the president’s unequivocal statements against anti-Semitic attacks in his country.

The foreign minister said that the Greek government intends to continue promoting relations between the two countries and that Greece has many areas of interaction with the State of Israel, which it intends to continue to deepen.

Posted on July 31, 2019

Source: (This press release was originally published by Ashernet on July 28, 2019.)

Photo Credit: Mark Neiman/GPO/Ashernet