Ayalon will head team tasked with  formulating a work plan.

 DFM Ayalon met with Greek counterpart about broadening bilateral cooperation


Dep.FM Ayalon with Greek Minister of State Pamboukis (photo: MFA)

Communicated by Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau
Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon met today (Sunday, 10 October) with Mr. Haris Pamboukis, Minister of State to the Prime Minister, and Greek Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr. Dimitrios Dollis.

The minister’s visit follows the visit to Israel of Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and PM Netanyahu’s reciprocal visit last August. At the meeting between the two prime ministers, it was decided to set up a joint team to formulate a work plan for broadening bilateral cooperation between Israel and Greece.

Today’s meeting was for the purpose of implementing the decision to draft a work plan to expand bilateral relations, especially in the areas of security, the economy and cultural affairs. It was decided that DFM Ayalon would head the Israeli team and coordinate the talks. The Greek team will be led by Minister Pamboukis.

DFM Ayalon welcomed his guests and called the relations between Israel and Greece “strategic and important.” He said that Israel and Greece have a mutual interest in promoting a bilateral agenda, and that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will coordinate the activities. Both states share a number of subjects that they are interested in promoting in the areas of agriculture, academia, the economy, etc.