Thursday, August 02, 2012

AJC Urges Strategic Link Between Greece and Israel

Peres Visit to Athens Highlights Relationship,

Importance of Eastern Mediterranean Region

The executive director of the New York-based American Jewish Committee (AJC) suggests in an interview with Kathimerini a strategic dimension to the cooperation between Greece and Israel, a few days ahead of an official visit to Athens by Israeli President Shimon Peres on August 6-8. David Harris describes the relations between the two countries as excellent, notes that the Eastern Mediterranean is an area of vital importance to the US, and talks about the attraction of a four-party cooperation between the US, Greece, Israel and Cyprus in gas exploration in the area.

As to the steps taken by the Jewish-American community to stand by Greece in these difficult times, Harris says it encourages more tourism and investments, while at the same time urging governments and multilateral institutions to do all they can to help create the conditions for a turnaround.

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