Cyprus and Israel talk energy security

Minister of Defence Photis Photiou has said that Cyprus is in talks with Israel and Greece to proceed with energy security policy planning.

In statements he made to the press, Photiou was asked to comment on energy security matters.

There is a political decision to start talks with Israel on a technocratic level so that we can reach final decisions on the matter, he said.

He added that his Israeli counterpart has accepted an invitation to visit Cyprus although the precise date of his visit has not been pinpointed yet.

Photiou also said that he has also received assurances from this Greek counterpart Panos Panayiotopoulos that Greece also wishes to be involved in this energy security plans. He further reiterated that such planning does not constitute a threat against anyone.

Quite the opposite, he stressed, we wish for other neighbouring countries such as Lebanon and Egypt to be involved. In all parts of the world where infrastructure exists there has to be energy security, he noted.

Cyprus will seek to cooperate with all neighbouring countries in the context of stability, peace and security in the region, he said.

Photiou was also asked to comment on a document containing convergences and divergences of talks so far in the Cyprus issue delivered to the government by the UN. He reiterated the government’s position that recovering from the crisis is a priority and that talks could resume in autumn once the right conditions are in place.  

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