Israel: “Much Safer” Mediterranean with Cyprus Teamwork

Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades, right, shakes hands with Israel's President Reuven Rivlin after their meeting at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA (AP) — Israel’s president says cooperation between his country and Cyprus on intelligence, security and terror prevention has made the Mediterranean “much, much safer.”

President Reuven Rivlin said after talks Tuesday with his Cypriot counterpart Nicos Anastasiades that Israeli-Cypriot security ties “have never been better” with the two countries’ navies and commando units sharing “space, knowledge and experience.”

Rivlin said the focus of the neighbors’ strategic partnership that includes Greece is developing the East Med gas pipeline that “could be one of the greatest underwater projects in the world.”

The envisioned pipeline would carry natural gas from deposits in the east Mediterranean to Europe via Greece and Italy.

Rivlin said energy cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean could also benefit Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinians.

He said the Israel-Cyprus-Greece partnership could be expanded.

Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades, right, and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin talk, during a press conference after their meeting at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Rivlin is in Cyprus for a one-day official visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades, right, shakes hands with Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin after their meeting at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Rivlin is in Cyprus for a one-day official visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades, right, and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin shake hands during their meeting at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Rivlin is in Cyprus for one-day official visit for talks. (Yiannis Kourtoglou/Pool via AP)
Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades, right, and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin talk during their meeting at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Rivlin is in Cyprus for a one-day official visit for talks. (Yiannis Kourtoglou/Pool via AP)
Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades, left, and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin walk during a welcome ceremony at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Rivlin is in Cyprus for a one-day official visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades, left, and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin smile at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Rivlin is in Cyprus for a one-day official visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades, right, and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin review a military guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Rivlin is in Cyprus for one-day official visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin reviews a military guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony before a meeting with Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Rivlin is in Cyprus for a one-day official visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin reviews a military guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony before a meeting with Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Rivlin is in Cyprus for one-day official visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, left, review a military guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Rivlin is in Cyprus for one-day official visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
Cyprus’ president Nicos Anastasiades, left, and Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin, shake hands during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in divided capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Rivlin is in Cyprus for a one-day official visit for talks. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

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