Cyprus and Israel Agree to Closer Ties Regarding Energy

Prime Minister Netanyahu and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades agreed to increase their collaboration on both energy and security. The energy relationship has not been fleshed out yet, but the idea of an East Mediterranean pipeline was mentioned as a possibility

Cyprus and Israel Agree to Closer Ties Regarding Energy

Recent talks between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades have reaped results. The two leaders agreed to increase their collaboration on both energy and security, according to a report on Reuters.

Both states have recently found large quantities of energy in their territory. Cyprus found gas offshore in 2011, and Israel has one of the largest natural gas discoveries in recent times. The energy relationship has not been fleshed out yet, but the idea of an East Mediterranean pipeline was mentioned as a possibility.

Security ties were also discussed and in recent times have appeared to grow in importance. Just last month, a Lebanese man was arrested in Cyprus for smuggling Ammonium Nitrate into the country. Both leaders have blamed Hezbollah for this crime.

Like the energy relationship, the concrete results of this tightened relationship has not been figured out yet. Cyprus has traditionally been considered more of a Palestinian sympathizer, but in recent years the ties with Israel have become much stronger. This is likely due to the close relationship between the Israeli Prime Minister and the Cypriot President. 

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