Ni­cosia, Tel Aviv con­firm en­ergy ties

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Cypriot Pres­i­dent Ni­cos Anas­tasi­ades and Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu con­firmed the two coun­tries’ co­op­er­a­tion in the nat­u­ral gas sec­tor dur­ing Anas­tasi­ades’s of­fi­cial visit in Is­rael on Sun­day. In par­tic­u­lar, the two sides dis­cussed the uni­ti­za­tion is­sue re­gard­ing the Aphrodite and Yishai gas fields, and con­cluded that by Septem­ber the two coun­tries’ en­ergy min­is­ters will seek to fi­nal­ize th­ese dis­cus­sions. The Is­raeli for­eign min­istry an­nounced that in the con­text of the ex­plo­ration and de­vel­op­ment of en­ergy re­sources in the Eastern Mediter­ranean, both lead­ers agreed that there is no ques­tion that re­solv­ing the out­stand­ing is­sues be­tween Cyprus and Turkey would greatly fa­cil­i­tate the pace of the de­vel­op­ment of fu­ture projects – which will pro­ceed ac­cord­ing to in­ter­na­tional law – and also greatly en­hance sta­bil­ity in the re­gion. “There­fore, Is­rael has a strong in­ter­est in the res­o­lu­tion of this is­sue,” the min­istry said. The two lead­ers also stressed the im­por­tance of the tri­lat­eral frame­work be­tween Is­rael, Cyprus and Greece, say­ing that they will re­con­vene by the end of the year, as was agreed be­tween the par­ties at the Ni­cosia Sum­mit on Jan­uary 28.

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