Anastasiades meets Israeli opposition leader
President Anastasiades held a meeting earlier today in Jerusalem with the opposition leader, Yitzhak Herzog, in the presence of the members of the Cyprus delegation.
During a press release, President Anastasiades said that apart from common values and principles, Cyprus and Israel are also facing common threats, especially referring to terrorism:
“I am sure we will find common ground to further strengthen our relations,” the President said, adding that “we are facing common problems and threats but with our efforts, with our principles and with the help of friends, we might lead our nations to peace, stability and prosperity,” and pointed out that we have to see how to combat terrorism.
In a view of the Cyprus problem, the President said that “there is a glimpse of hope now that the negotiations have resumed and we do hope that we might be able this time to find a peaceful, lasting solution.”
At the same time, he expressed his optimism that both the Israelis and the Arab countries will find their own path, adding that “we are supporting the UN resolutions regarding the Middle East problem, for a two state solution with full respect of the sovereignty, the existence and especially the security of the people of Israel as well as the human rights of all the peoples in the region.”
On his part, Herzog referred to the common values and principles of democracy between Cyprus and Israel. He also referred to the situation in Gaza, Syria and in the region for which he expressed concern.
He added that “we are expecting a UN Commission report on our operation in Gaza in the summer,” and of course we are focusing on our right to defend Israel “and making sure that our people will live in peace and tranquility along with our neighbors.”
In the afternoon, accompanied by his spouse, Anastasiades will lay a wreath at the Grave of Theodore Herzi.
In the evening, President Anastasiades and the members of the Cyprus delegation will participate in an official dinner hosted by the President of Israel in honor of the President of the Republic.