President says Cyprus and Israel are committed to enhancing their bilateral relations

President of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades said on Thursday that Cyprus and Israel would continue working on further enhancing their cooperation.

Addressing the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Jewish Community Centre and the Ground Breaking of the Jewish Holocaust Museum of Cyprus, in Larnaca, President Anastasiades also noted that the trilateral cooperation of Cyprus, Greece and Israel is of strategic importance.

“The bilateral relations between Cyprus and Israel are at the highest point ever and this reflects our common commitment for sincere political dialogue and to continue working together for the further enhancement of our cooperation in an ever-increasing array of fields, particularly in important spheres such as energy, defence, communications, health, tourism, culture, technology and innovations” said the President, in a speech delivered by Energy Minister Yiorgos Lakkotrypis on Anastasiades’ behalf.

Anastasiades noted that Cyprus and Israel actively stand by each other during the most difficult and critical times, something that proves our true friendship.

“We also consider the trilateral cooperation we have established with Israel and Greece to be of strategic significance. A partnership that reflects our common determination to create a multi-thematic framework of cooperation to the benefit of our countries and people, but also of our immediate region,” he noted.

He then expressed gratitude, on behalf of the Government and the people of Cyprus, for Israel’s unwavering support towards our efforts to reach a comprehensive settlement to the Cyprus problem.

In his speech, the President noted that the Holocaust is not only a hideous crime and a tragedy for the Jewish people; it is a failure of humanity as a whole.

“The people of Cyprus embraced the Jewish refugees that passed from the established camps in Cyprus and significantly helped these Holocaust survivors in rebuilding, once again, their lives and return to their Jewish identities,” he said.

source: CNA