Jerusalem, Feb. 16 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Cyprus Thursday for meetings with President Demetris Christofias and government officials in Nicosia.
It’s the first-ever visit by an Israeli prime minister to the nearby island country. The leaders will discuss strengthening of ties especially in light of recent discoveries of natural gas fields under the seabed between Cyprus and Israel.
Cyprus is interested in Israeli assistance in developing its own gas fields, and talks are also touching on energy security, tourism, trade, agricultural and health cooperation. The leaders are signing an agreement on assistance in the event of natural disasters and regarding search-and-rescue cooperation by Israeli and Cypriot air and naval forces.