Israeli Foreign Ministry Expresses Full Diplomatic Solidarity with Greece

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Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lior Haiat sent a cordial message to the nation of Greece on Friday via a Tweet, which read “Israel reiterates its full support and strong solidarity with Greece in its maritime zone and its opposition to any attempt to violate these rights.”

He added that “Israel follows with concern recent developments in the East Mediterranean. Certain unilateral actions taken by Turkey may escalate and pose a threat to (the) fragile stability in the region.”

The note of solidarity from across the Mediterranean comes after months of Turkey ratcheting up tensions on several fronts, sending its oil and gas drilling ships to areas atop the continental shelves of Greece and Cyprus and provoking disagreements by redrawing various maritime boundaries.

At the same time, however, Greece and Cyprus have shored up their friendships with the state of Israel, greatly strengthening their partnership, even instituting an office on Cyprus which enables the three nations to remaining constant contact with each other.

Just last month, a high-level meeting of representatives from the three countries was held at Greece’s Ministry of National Defense.

Later, an agreement recognizing the tripartite military cooperation between the countries over the next calendar year was signed by Konstantinos Floros, the Chief of the National Defense Staff of Greece, and the heads of military delegations from Cyprus and Israel.

The agreement stipulates that there will be enhanced cooperation between the three nations by way of joint military exercises and other types of operational activities.