PM Netanyahu meets with Cyprus President Anastasiades in Jerusalem

 

The discussions reflected the close and very important relations both countries enjoy. The two leaders emphasized their shared interests in regional stability and agreed to continue countering sources of extremism and terrorism.

 

Israel-Cyprus joint statement 

 

The following was issued this evening (Sunday, 24 July 2016):

"The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades, held wide ranging discussions that reflected the close and very important relations both countries enjoy.



In the course of the discussions, both leaders emphasized their shared interests in regional stability and expressed their agreement to continue countering sources of extremism and terrorism. 

The two sides continued their talks about emergency response cooperation.  Both leaders encouraged their teams to conclude these talks as soon as possible.



The two sides discussed the unitization issue regarding the Aphrodite and Yishai gas fields, and concluded that by September 2016 the two Energy Ministers will seek to finalize these discussions.

In the context of the exploration and development of energy resource in the eastern Mediterranean, both leaders concluded that there is no question that resolving the outstanding issues between Cyprus and Turkey would greatly facilitate the pace of the development of future projects, which will proceed according to international law, as well as greatly enhance stability in the region.  Therefore, Israel has a strong interest in the resolution of this issue.



Both leaders stressed the importance of the trilateral framework between Israel, Cyprus, and Greece and reconvening together by the end of the year, as was agreed between the parties at the Nicosia Summit, on January 28, 2016."



Statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the start of his meeting in Jerusalem with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades



(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Sunday, 24 July 2016), at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, made the following statement at the start of his meeting with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades:

"Cyprus and Israel are two small democracies in the eastern Mediterranean. We also share common challenges, and also common opportunities: in security cooperation, in gas, in emergency cooperation, commerce, tourism, many, many fields.


I will never forget that in 2010, when we faced a ferocious forest fire in the Carmel Forest, the first country I called was Cyprus. If offered to send a plane. It did send it, and I was privileged to reciprocate last month when you faced a ferocious forest fire, and we sent our planes to extinguish your flames. Back in April, our two nations, along with Greece, conducted a joint fire-fighting exercise to enhance our regional cooperation in emergency situations.

And that's exactly the kind of thing that friends do. They come to each other's help in times of need, but also cooperate in good times or cooperate to make times better. And that's why I'm particularly proud to have this opportunity to continue the dialogue we began on a tripartite basis in the Nicosia summit. We're continuing those discussions, both bilaterally but also multilaterally, and we continue to send our people.

But of course we know, as leaders, that there's no substitute for the meeting of the people at the top, so in this spirit, I welcome you once again."



Statement by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades at the start of his meeting in Jerusalem with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu



(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Sunday, 24 July 2016), at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, made the following statement at the start of his meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

"Thank you very much, my dear friend, Prime Minister. It is a pleasure to be back in Jerusalem and to have an opportunity to discuss with you many of the important developments that have taken place in the past few months. 



But before I say anything else, I want to express to you and to the people and Government of the State of Israel personally my gratitude and the gratitude of all Cypriots for the indispensable assistance which you offered recently during the terrible forest fires in Cyprus. I also want to especially thank the professional men and women who came to our aid – the pilots, the ground crew, the support staff and their officers, who so quickly went on alert, flew to Cyprus and helped us in our time of need.



In the sadness of natural disasters, I have to point out something that gave me hope for the future: The fact that the level of mutual cooperation between Cyprus and Israel has reached the point where reaction is so swift and smooth. We know that we can rely on each other, and this is the result of a lot of work that we have been doing together during the past few years in bringing our countries closer.



We are reliable partners that see eye to eye on a wide agenda of issues, reaching from energy to security to a very sincere, open and frank political dialogue. We have been tightening our areas of cooperation, from tourism to education and business, sharpening our joint training, and through continuous coordination have been forming a common language. This common language enables us to stand by each other in these very challenging times, as we are faced with so many attacks against our common rights. This is true in our immediate region, but also in many parts of the world. 



These frequent meetings – this is actually our fifth meeting in a year – our regular talks on the telephone (it's another way of communication) and our transparency are essential for our partnership of strategic choice and important in understanding each other's needs as peoples and states.

I cannot but highlight that last week almost 80 flights took place between Israel and Cyprus. In one week, 80 flights, and today's it was the 81st flying to Israel. 



In this spirit, I look forward to our meeting today to discuss how to enhance more our bilateral relations in the fields of energy, security, economy and trade, to exchange views on the regional developments, to brief you on the negotiations about the Cyprus problem, and of course to prepare for the next trilateral meeting later this year with our Greek colleague here in Jerusalem, in order to continue the work which we started in Nicosia last January.



Once again, thank you my dearest friend for hosting us in Jerusalem and I look forward to our conversation on the many important subjects that are of mutual concern."

 

 

 Photo GPO / Kobi Gideon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on state visit to Israel

 

President Rivlin: "Israel stands together with Kenya against those who pretend to speak in the name of Islam, as they murder innocent men, women, and children from all religions and nations."


President Kenyatta: "We in Kenya hold Israel as a dear and very special friend. The war on terrorism is international and we must all join hands together to defeat it."


President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday morning (23 February 2016) hosted at his residence an official welcome ceremony for President of Kenya, H.E. Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta, who was on a state visit to Israel. The President welcomed his guest on the red carpet before they both stood for the national anthems, and reviewed a guard of honor. The President's then went on to deliver statements, before holding a working meeting during which they discussed the strengthening of bilateral ties between the two countries.

In his remarks to the media, President Rivlin welcomed President Kenyatta to Israel and spoke of the shared pain both nations had felt as a result of terrorism. He said, "When I heard of the terror attack in Somalia where many of your soldiers were killed, I was reminded of the terror attack in 2002 at the hotel in Mombasa, where 3 Israeli citizens were killed. In Israel today we face the ongoing threat of terror and hatred. We feel the pain together with you. Israel stands together with Kenya against those who pretend to speak in the name of Islam, as they murder innocent men, women, and children from all religions and nations."

 

 


President Rivlin spoke of the importance of the cooperation between the two nations, especially in the field of development. He noted, "Israel is proud of the cooperation between our peoples. Thanks to MASHAV we are working to educate people, develop agriculture, and protect the environment. It is my hope this cooperation will continue to grow and that the close ties between our people will become stronger. Your visit is an important step in building this friendship."


President Kenyatta thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, "It is my sincere hope that this visit will cement the bonds that are already strong, and link our two countries. Let me assure you Mr. President that we in Kenya hold Israel as a dear and very special friend. This is a friendship not only born out of a long history of fraternal relations, but is also manifested in very real and concrete corporation in a number of important areas," which he noted included, "defense, water resource management, fisheries, education, technology and scientific corporation." President Kenyatta added, "The war on terrorism is international and we must all join hands together to defeat it."


The two Presidents then went on to hold an extended meeting in which they discussed in greater depth the regional situation in Africa and the Middle East, as well as efforts to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries. Later this evening, the President and First Lady Rivlin will host a state dinner at their residence in honor of the President of Kenya's visit.

 

Photo 1 President Rivlin hosts official welcome ceremony for Kenyan President Kenyatta

Copyright: GPO/Mark Neiman

 

Photo 2 Kenyan President Kenyatta is welcomed on arrival in Israel by Minister of Religious Services David Azoulay
Copyright: Miri Shimonovich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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President Rivlin’s official visit to Russia

President Rivlin visits Moscow, meets with President Putin in the Kremlin

 

President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday), on the first day of his official visit to Russia, met with President Putin at the Kremlin, lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and visited the Russian National Library.

 

Before their meeting, Presidents Rivlin and Putin delivered brief media statements. President Putin welcomed President Rivlin and said, “Mr. President, I welcome you with all of my heart on your arrival to Russia, and I am pleased to receive the President of the State of Israel here. The relationship between Israel and Russia has a long history. In Israel live around a million and a half people from the former Soviet Union, who speak Russian, know Russian culture, and have a Russian mentality. They maintain ties with friends and family who remained in Russia, and this adds something very special to our relations. In addition, the number of Russian pilgrims who visit Israel is increasing each year. We thank Israel for returning to us, holy sites which were once under our control. There are a range of other issues which we will speak about in our meeting, such as trade and economic cooperation, as well as security in the region. We have also spoken by phone with the Prime Minister of Israel, and we have agreed to speak further on these issues.”

 

In response, President Rivlin said, “Mr. President, thank you for your warm welcome. It is an honor for me to be here with you in your beautiful country. Israel and Russia have a long history. We enjoy cooperation in a range of fields, and we also both know what it means to have to deal with terror and fundamentalism. As a Jew, I want to say that we will never forget the Russian people and the Red Army for their victory over the Nazis. Around the world, many survivors of the Holocaust remember that the first soldiers they met on their liberation were the soldiers of the Red Army. I thank you again for the invitation and I look forward to our meeting, we have many important issues to discuss.”

 

Earlier in the day, President Rivlin was welcomed with a guard of honor at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow, where President Rivlin laid a wreath and the military band played the Israeli national anthem (Hatikva).

 

From there, the President went on together with his wife, Mrs. Nechama Rivlin, to visit the Russian National Library where he was shown some of their extensive collection of Jewish texts and documents from the 15th and 16th Centuries, which included many Jewish prayer books and holy texts. The President was also shown around the library’s archives where he was shown how the texts are preserved. The President commented that Israel was ready to assist in any way with the preservation of the collection.

 

Tomorrow, President Rivlin is due (09:30 Israel) to visit the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, dedicated to the memory of the Russian Jewish community throughout history up until the fall of the Berlin Wall. He is then due to meet with members of the Jewish community (10:30 Israel).

 

Later, (12:00 Israel) President Rivlin is scheduled to meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia. President Rivlin will then to go on to hold a working meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (14:00).

 

Photo : Mark Neiman (GPO)

 

 

 

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President of India Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Yad Vashem is the first visit of its kind by a president of India.

 

President Reuven Rivlin today (Tuesday, 13 October 2015), accompanied President of India Pranab Mukherjee, on his visit to the Holocaust memorial 'Yad Vashem', as he began his historic state visit to Israel – the first of its kind by an Indian president.
As the two presidents met, President Rivlin noted to his Indian counterpart that he was greatly moved to host him on his first visit to Israel. President Mukherjee thanked President Rivlin for his warm welcome and said he was excited to have the opportunity to visit Israel.


The two presidents together visited the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem, in which are stored millions of gathered testimonies to those who perished in the Holocaust. They looked at the many pictures and 'witness testimonies' on display, as President Rivlin explained to his guest about the museum, and the importance of the work done there to preserve the memory of the victims.


The two presidents went on to a memorial ceremony held at the Hall of Remembrance, in which the President of India laid a wreath and rekindled the 'eternal flame' in the hall. The hall has been kept as a place of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust and includes the names of the death and concentration camps displayed geographically on the floor, along with a memorial stone, under which were interred ashes of the victims gathered from the Nazi camps.


Following the recitation of the memorial prayer, President Rivlin walked together with President Mukherjee around the circumference of the hall and explained to him the significance of the room, and the ceremony held there.

 

President Reuven Rivlin and President of India Pranab Mukherjee on visit to Holocaust Memorial Yad Vashem


Copyright: GPO/Mark Neiman

 

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