Mitsotaki-Netanyahu Television Conference: Cooperation with Israel on tourism

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The important strategic relationship between Greece and Israel was confirmed by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a teleconference on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of full diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Mr Netanyahu praised the important initiative of the then Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis as, as he mentioned, the big step of the upgrading of bilateral relations took place with his contribution.

The two leaders, among other things, stressed the cooperation of the two countries in important areas but also the expansion of this multifaceted relationship in areas such as tourism, security and defence, innovation, energy, trade and culture.

Special emphasis was placed on the tourism sector, where Mr Mitsotakis stressed that he expects an increase in the number of visitors from Israel, in view of the start of the tourist season in our country on June 15.

Mr Netanyahu noted that he has found enormous interest from Israeli citizens for holidays in Greece, while he has heard in news programs wondering when they will be able to leave for the Greek islands and other areas of our country.

He added that, in the first instance, Israel wants to resume flights and tourist connections with countries that are in a similar epidemiological situation with the same, and Greece is the most obvious case. He said his government was working in that direction and expressed hope that the whole process would be completed quickly.

Israel is participating with Greece in the Smart COVID Management Group, the group of states that have successfully faced the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister invited his Israeli counterpart to visit our country, while Mr Netanyahu commented that during his last trip to Athens he learned that almost 1 million Israelis visit Greece every year.

Kyriakos Mitsotakis also accepted an invitation from Mr Netanyahu to convene the Cooperation Council of the two countries as soon as possible, as a common intention is to further strengthen bilateral relations.

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