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Christodoulides, Dendias Discuss Cyprus Issue, Developments in East Med

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Cyprus foreign minister Nicos Christodoulides, left, with his Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias before a meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of Cyprus, Greece, Israel and United Arab of Emirates in city of Paphos, Cyprus, Friday, April 16, 2021. (Iakovos Hatzistavrou/Pool via AP)

NICOSIA -- Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, who is visiting Cyprus to take part in a meeting of the foreign ministers of Greece, Cyprus, Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) taking place in Paphos, on Friday met with his Cypriot counterpart Nikos Christodoulides on the sidelines of the quadrilateral meeting.

They discussed the latest developments in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Cyprus issue, as well as the next steps in the continuous coordination between Greece and Cyprus, according to a foreign ministry post on Twitter.

Israel says it will 'definitely' stop Iran from getting bomb

Israel’s foreign minister said Friday that his country was determined to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon, after Tehran promised to step up its uranium enrichment process.

“We will do whatever it takes to prevent the extremists (in Iran) from succeeding, and definitely will prevent this regime from having a nuclear weapon,” Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi told reporters on his visit to Cyprus.

Iranian officials say the country will begin enriching uranium up to 60% purity following an attack on its nuclear facility at Natanz, in central Iran, on Sunday, that it blamed on Israel.

Askenazi met with the foreign ministers of Cyprus and Greece, Nikos Christodoulides and Nikos Dendias, as well as Anwar Gargash, a top presidential aide in the United Arab Emirates.

Israel and the UAE normalized relations in a landmark deal last year, and the four countries represented at the meeting Friday promised to boost cooperation in defense, energy, tourism, and other sectors.