President of Israel expresses full support to Cyprus, Greece and Israel cooperation on diaspora issues (CNA - Maria Koniotou - CYPRUS/Nicosia)

President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, expressed on Wednesday his full support to the trilateral cooperation among Cyprus, Greece and Israel on diaspora issues, during a meeting he had with the competent officials of the three countries, namely Presidential Commissioner Photis Photiou, Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Terens Quick and the Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel Isaac Herzog, in Jerusalem, where a round table discussion of diaspora organizations leaders from the three countries took place on Tuesday.

Photiou told the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) that Rivlin also expressed his readiness to offer any help needed with a view to further deepen this cooperation, and noted that he encourages any actions towards this direction, and that there is now a historic momentum as regards the development of the three countries’ relations.

The Presidential Commissioner also said that in the framework of the round table discussion with the participation of leaders of three diaspora organizations of each country, the establishment of a youth forum was decided.

This will be a joint project for the young people of the three countries’ diasporas that will take place in the summer to discuss geopolitical and geostrategic issues, as well as subjects related to the culture, history and civilization of each country, so that these young people will get to know the three countries better, Photiou said.

Moreover, he noted that they decided that a group of approximately 20 young people from the three countries’ diasporas will pay a visit to the three countries in August 20-30 this year. Cyprus will be the last country of their visit, during the days when the Overseas Cypriots will be having their annual meeting on the island, he noted.

The Presidential Commissioner also noted that it was decided to promote the three countries’ diaspora communities further cooperation in countries as England, the USA, Australia and Canada through joint events and initiatives on various issues as culture and youth matters.

Moreover, he said, they discussed about the potential of organizing a conference on geostrategic and geopolitical issues with the participation of the three countries’ diasporas, as well as about the promotion of joint tourist packages for members of the three countries’ diasporas who will visit the three countries.

On the part of the Cypriot diaspora, the round table discussion was attended by National Federation of Cypriots in the UK President Christos Karaolis, World Organisation of Young Overseas Cypriots (NEPOMAK) President Christos Tuton, and Executive Director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council, Endy Zemenides.

Moreover, Photiou addressed on Tuesday afternoon the closing plenary session of the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors meeting that was held in Jerusalem.

On Monday evening he attended a dinner with Jerusalem Patriarch Theophilos III with whom he discussed ways in which the Republic of Cyprus could help in repairing Orthodox churches and monasteries in the area, and how the Holy Land could become a meeting point for members of the diasporas of Cyprus, Greece and Israel.


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