Athens: Barak meets Greek counterpart, vows increased ties

January 10, 2012 19:02


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Defense Minister Ehud Barak flew to Athens on Tuesday and said that Israel was looking to boost military and economic cooperation with Greece.

Israel’s ties with Greece have been on the rise since the fallout with Turkey in 2010 after the Navy raid on the Mavi Marmara which resulted in the deaths of nine Turkish nationals who had attacked the Israeli commandos. The Hellenic and Israeli air forces recently held a series of joint exercises – in Greece and Israel - amid bolstering economic ties.

“We anticipate that the ties will continue to flourish,” Barak said following a meeting with Greek Defence Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos. “We are witnessing dramatic changes in the Middle East, the likes of which we have not seen for decades and it is difficult to know where the changes are leading.”

Barak was also scheduled to meet Greece's Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, President Karolos Papoulias and Chief of General Staff General Michael Kostarakos.

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