Barak with GREECE DEFENSE MINISTER Dimitris Avramopoulos 311.
(photo credit: Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak flew to Athens on Tuesday and said Israel was
looking to boost military and economic cooperation with Greece.
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ties with Greece have been on the rise since the fallout with Turkey in 2010
after the 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 the ties will
continue to flourish,” Barak said following a meeting with Greek Defense
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 Gen. Michael Kostarakos.