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Deputy FM Mardas’ meetings in Ramallah and Tel Aviv

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Following the Greek-Israeli High Level Cooperation Council that took place yesterday in Jerusalem, Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Mardas visited Palestine and met in Ramallah with the Palestinian caretaker Minister for European Affairs, Amal Zatu. Mr. Mardas and Ms. Zatu discussed issues of cooperation in the sectors of construction, building materials and commerce. The Palestinian side expressed interest in Greek participation in the construction of one of the industrial zones. Ms. Zatu also asked Mr. Mardas for Greece’s assistance, through the provision of know-how, with the development of the tourism market in Palestine, also expressing her satisfaction at Prime Minister Tsipras’ statements during the signing of the agreements with Israel.

Mr. Mardas also met, at the Greek embassy in Tel Aviv, with 13 Israeli entrepreneurs, who expressed their interest in investing in Greece. There was an in-depth discussion of the prospects for bolstering commercial transactions between Greece and Israel. Israeli companies expressed interest in issues of training, trade, technology, energy and tourism. Mr. Mardas set out the prospects and opportunities offered by the Greek economy and responded to a number of questions posed by the entrepreneurs. Subsequently, Mr. Mardas met with the President of the Israeli Federation of Chambers of Commerce, with whom he discussed the prospects for strengthening bilateral trade relations.