Israel Signs Research Pact With Greece and Cyprus

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks to the foreign press during the annual press conference for the New Year on January 16, 2014 in Jerusalem. Netanyahu slammed the European Union for summoning envoys over plans for some 1,800 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM …

The Algemeiner reports: — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the leaders of Cyprus and Greece on Thursday in Jerusalem as the three nations signed a research and development agreement to advance joint projects.

It was the second meeting between Netanyahu, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, in what the Israeli prime minster called a reflection of “the close and tightening relations between the countries.”

“There are shared values between us,” Netanyahu said at a press conference. “We are three democracies in the eastern Mediterranean. We’ve come to the conclusion quite a few years ago that we have so much to gain by cooperating with each other and we’re doing that, point of fact, including with the new agreement we signed today.”

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