Israel, Cyprus and Greece to hold second trilateral meeting on Thursday

Second trilateral committee meeting to be held on Thursday in Jerusalem; Meeting to center on gas pipeline as well as strategic cooperation in varied fields, from security to agriculture

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Israel, Cyprus and Greece will hold its second trilateral summit on Thursday, the second of such meetings in the past year.

Prime Minister Netanyahu will meet with Prime Ministers Anastasiades and Tsipras in Jerusalem on Thursday, their last meeting held in January. According to Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the meeting will center on increasing strategic cooperation in the areas of energy, tourism, technology, research/academia, water management, and global terrorism. The main topic of discussion will be the gas pipeline and export of Israel’s gas to Europe.

Israel continues negotiations and talks with neighboring states on becoming the region’s latest, yet strongest player in natural gas. Israel is currently in talks with Egypt, Turkey and Jordan, as well as Greece and Cyprus.

The trilateral committee was established in January of this year, as a means to “to strengthen the cooperation between our three countries in order to promote a trilateral partnership in different fields of common interest and to work together towards promoting peace, stability, security and prosperity in the Mediterranean and the wider region.”

Following the establishment of the committee in Jerusalem this year, all three leaders released a joint statement describing the efforts and goals of the committee. They stated “Our partnership is not exclusive in design or nature, and we are ready to welcome other like-minded actors to join our efforts to promote coordination and cooperation, as well as regional peace and stability. We agree to work closely together with a view to strengthening our cooperation on common projects, involving both public and private actors. In particular, we are examining practical means of cooperating and implementing joint projects and synergies in the fields of energy, tourism, research and technology, environment, water management, combating terrorism, and migration.”

Both Cyprus and Greece provided assistance during Israel’s fires in November as part of agreements made between the three states. Prime Minister Netanyahu is expected to highlight the humanitarian aid and efforts of both states.