Remarks by the Prime Minister of Israel after his meeting with the President of the Republic, at the Presidential Palace
The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, and the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, met today at the Presidential Palace, in Nicosia.
Following the welcoming ceremony, the President and the Prime Minister had a private meeting, which lasted for about one hour, followed by expanded talks between the delegations of Cyprus and Israel.
Later on, the President and the Prime Minister made remarks to the Media.
In his statement, Prime Minister Netanyahu, inter alia, said that “it is a pleasure for me to reciprocate your visit to Israel with a visit by myself and our delegation to your beautiful island, your beautiful people and your very friendly government. We feel among friends and there is a reason for that.
I want you to know that the reasons that this is my first visit, having been re-elected, outside Israel and your first visit [to Israel] is not merely that we are saving airline fuel. It’s because there is a real closeness, which goes well beyond geographic parts.” He added that Cyprus and Israel are two democracies in the eastern end of Mediterranean and “we are very proud of our heritage and our history.” - 28.7.2015