FM leaves for Cyprus to push forward search-and-rescue deal

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April 16, 2012 10:32




Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman set off on a working visit to Cyprus Monday, to push forward implementation of a recently signed search-and-rescue agreement.

Netanyahu and Cypriot President Demetris Christofias signed the agreement in February, but Israeli officials – recognizing the sensitivity of anything smacking of a security agreement – quickly denied at the time that it had any military significance. Rather, they said the agreement – signed during the first ever visit to Cyprus by an Israeli prime minister – only dealt with assistance the two countries would give one another in a time of crisis.

On his two-day visit, as well as meeting with Christofias, Liberman is scheduled to meet with Cypriot Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, Industry, Commerce and Tourism Minister Neoklis Sylikiotis, and opposition leader Nicos Anastasiades.

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