articles | 14 April 2015

Cyprus President to visit Israel

Nicos Anastasiades is expected to visit Israel soon after Prime Minister Benyamin concludes his ‘unity government’, Government Spokesman Nicos Christodoulides said, after the President met with outgoing Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

Anastasiades visited Jerusalem in May 2013, and last June he invited Netanyahu to visit Cyprus.

Christodoulides told state radio CyBC on Tuesday that the talks at the presidential retreat in Troodos focused on defence, energy, the economy and tourism.

He added that discussions also included regional issues, such as the latest developments in Iran.

“There are several issues where we have a common approach, which we plan to enhance further through dialogue. There is a political will both on behalf of (the government in) Nicosia and Jerusalem to strengthen these ties,” Christodoulides said.

Headded hat bilateral talks continue at the level of technocrats and that President Anastasiades will visit Israel soon after Netanyahu forms a new cabinet.

Meanwhile, in statements over the weekend, Lieberman said that he would not sit in the new ‘unity government’, with Netanyahu probably keeping the Foreign Ministry for his own Likud party, with Knesset members Gilad Erdan and Silvan Shalom headed for the seat.

He told Israel Radio that Yisrael Beitenu would not sit in a unity government and if faced with such a reality, would prefer to sit in the opposition.

“Netanyahu has the right to close a deal with Herzog and Livni. We wouldn’t be part of such a government. That I can say definitely,” Lieberman said. He won the election. We would be happy to serve the nation in the opposition. I wasn’t born in the Foreign Ministry and I don’t have to be a minister.”

Source: Financial Mirror

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