PM Mitsotakis: Israel Greatly Interested in High-Tech Collaboration with Greece

JERUSALEM — Greece and Israel have a strategic, in-depth relationship, Kyriakos Mitsotakis told Greek journalists on Tuesday after his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem earlier in the day, and will expand it in several sectors.

Besides defense, tourism, green economy, water management and innovation, Mitsotakis said, "I see keen interest in the high-technology sector, for the simple reason that Israel has significant enterprises and we have the engineers, the human resources and access to the European market."

Bilateral collaboration agreements, he said, included the sector of cybersecurity, which he named as "one of particular emphasis in our collaboration."

Asked whether they discussed Turkey, the prime minister said that he spoke to Netanyahu of Turkey's "destabilizing role in the East Mediterranean". Mitsotakis also referred to the Greek-Italian agreement on maritime zones as an example of agreements that respect international laws.

As noted earlier, Mitsotakis said that "if all goes well, we will be welcoming Israeli tourists to Greece as of August 1." He considered it possible to extend the tourism period "to October, and even November, to cover some of the lost ground" due to the restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

Pressed as to whether he planned to reshuffle his cabinet, the Greek prime minister said, "You're using the wrong word. The right one is 'corrective action'."

Treaties the two countries signed include the following:

– Joint statement of the Greek and Israeli Tourism Ministries (signed by ministers Harry Theoharis and Asaf Zamir).

– Joint statement on cybersecurity, signed by the Minister of State and Digital Governance Kyriakos Pierrakakis and National Cyber Directorate General Manager Yigal Unna.

– Joint statement of intention in agriculture, signed by Foreign Affairs Ministers Nikos Dendias and Gabi Ashkenazi.



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