FM Liberman meets with Greek PM Papandreou

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We expect the European Union to be more proactive in preventing the next flotillas, first and foremost by exerting pressure on Lebanon, Syria and Turkey to prevent superfluous provocations

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister's Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister  and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman met on Thursday afternoon (July 22) with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem.

The two discussed state matters and Foreign Minister Liberman addressed the negotiations with the Palestinians, saying that "We are ready for direct talks, but the continuation of the building moratorium is impossible and unreasonable."

Foreign Minister Liberman thanked the Greek Prime Minister for his cooperation in connection with the recent flotillas and said, "We expect the European Union to be more proactive in preventing the next flotillas, first and foremost by exerting pressure on Lebanon, Syria and Turkey to prevent superfluous provocations."

Foreign Minister Liberman said that in the past year there has been a significant improvement in the relations between Greece and Israel and emphasized the fact that this was the first official visit to Israel by a Greek prime minister in many years.

The foreign minister added that Israel appreciates the courageous actions taken by Greece to stabilize the economy.