Peres with Greek President Papoulias in Athens 370.
(photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO)
Upon landing in Athens on Monday, President Shimon Peres offered condolences to
the people of Egypt for the killing on Sunday of 15 Egyptian border guards by
gunmen dressed as Beduin. He spoke at the official reception hosted by his Greek
counterpart Karolos Papoulias.
Terror harms everyone without
discrimination, said Peres. After gunning down Egyptian security personnel the
terrorists had planned to infiltrate Israel and had thankfully been stopped by
Israeli security forces’ quick response, he said.
Peres referred to the
incident as a needless and senseless loss of life. It is in the interests of
both Egypt and Israel to maintain peace and quiet on both sides of the border,
and throughout southern Israel, he said.
At their working meeting
following the reception, Papoulias also condemned the terrorist attack and said
that Greece is opposed to terror in any shape or form.
Greece is a
country that suffered from acts of terrorism, he said and could therefore
empathize with the Egyptian population.
Papoulias also expressed sorrow
over the deaths of the Israelis who had been killed in a terrorist attack in
Bulgaria last month. He said that he had been surprised that an act of terrorism
had been carried out in a vacation resort, but on reflection realized that this
was yet another proof of the extent to which terrorism is organized. Greece is
obligated to act against terrorist elements that are working against peace and
democracy, said Papoulias.