Israel expressed condolences in the wake of the explosion at a naval base in Cyprus in which 12 people were killed.

 Israel offers assistance to Cyprus


FM Liberman speaks with Cypriot FM following naval base explosion
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman spoke with Cypriot Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou, following the explosion at a naval base in Cyprus in which 12 people were killed. FM Liberman told FM Kyprianou that Israel shares in his country’s grief, and offered assistance.

FM Kyprianou thanked the Foreign Minister. Following their conversation, the professional staffs of the Israeli and Cypriot foreign ministries discussed needs and the coordination of possible assistance. The Israel Foreign Ministry has facilitated contact between the electric companies in both countries, and is examining the possibility of assistance in dealing with explosives as well as medical assistance. The staff of the Israeli Embassy in Nicosia will be reinforced to deal with the aid to be provided.

PM Netanyahu speaks with Cyprus President Christofias
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier today (Monday), 11 July 2011, spoke with Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and expressed his deep sorrow, and that of the Israeli people, over the disaster that struck the island. The Prime Minister also instructed all relevant officials to extend assistance to the best of their ability and to immediately dispatch medical and rescue equipment to the disaster zone, as necessary. 

Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Israel recalls and appreciates the immediate assistance that Cyprus extended during the Carmel wildfire and noted the friendly state of bilateral relations. Cyprus President Christofias thanked Prime Minister Netanyahu and said that this was an expression of the genuine friendship between Cyprus and Israel.