Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Israel and Greece Form Joint Ministerial Council

As Fanis Papathanasiou, Diplomatic Correspondent for Greek public broadcaster ERT, @TheofanisP reported on Twitter.

Unofficial translation of today's announcement on the issue by the Greek PM's office. A similar announcement was made in Israel.

"The Greek PM George Papandreou and the PM of the State of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu had a telephone conversation tonight, on Mr. Papandreou’s initiative.

The two PM's discussed the next steps with a view of further enhancing bilateral relations which have advanced intensively since last summer.

They have agreed on the formation of a Joint Ministerial Council of the two countries, under their leadership and with the participation of Ministers from both sides, aiming at deepening the cooperation in specific fields.

The first meeting of this new intergovernmental body is scheduled to take place in the next couple of months.

The two PMs have given instructions to their Ministers of Foreign Affairs Dimitris Droutsas and Avigdor Liberman, who is visiting Athens tomorrow, to proceed with the respective preparations."

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