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Bennett planning tripartite meeting with leaders of Greece, Cyprus

Report says meeting was scheduled to be held this month but has been delayed because all 3 countries are pushing to play host

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 2, 2021. (Oli Scarff/AFP)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 2, 2021. (Oli Scarff/AFP)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is reportedly set to soon hold a tripartite meeting with the leaders of Greece and Cyprus.

The meeting was scheduled to take place this month but has been pushed off as all three countries are pushing to play host, the Kan public broadcaster reported Thursday.

No new date has been scheduled.

The report said the talks would address regional, economic and security issues, without further elaborating.

Israel, Greece and Cyprus are regional allies and cooperate on economic efforts in the Mediterranean Sea, including on electricity and gas. They also share enmity with Turkey, which has been trying to expand its presence in the eastern Mediterranean. The three countries held a naval drill earlier this year in a sign of their deepening military ties.

The public broadcaster said Bennett was also planning several other diplomatic trips following his visits in the past few months to the United States and Russia.

Among the destinations the premier was expected to visit were the United Arab Emirates and India, where Bennett was recently invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The two met this week at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (left) speaks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 2, 2021. (Haim Zach / GPO)

Bennett was invited last month for an official state visit to Abu Dhabi by the UAE’s de-facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Israel and the UAE agreed to normalize diplomatic ties last year as part of the US-backed Abraham Accords. Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan have also signed normalization deals with the Jewish state.

Bennett’s expected visit to the UAE would be the first in the Gulf state by an Israeli premier. Former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu had planned to visit earlier this year but was forced to call off the trip due to a spat with Jordan, which delayed approving his flight path over the kingdom.

In June, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid became the first Israeli minister to visit the UAE when he officially open the embassy in Abu Dhabi.

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