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OPPOSITION DISY leader Nicos Anastassiades said yesterday he discussed improving relations between Israel and Cyprus with visiting Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.

The two men met in Limassol, where Liberman spent two nights at a hotel. Arriving Thursday night, the Israeli FM met with his Cypriot counterpart Marcos Kyprianou on Friday and Anastassiades yesterday morning before flying to Tel Aviv last night.

According to the DISY leader, the two discussed common problems shared by Cyprus, Israel and the Arab world.

“It is clear our wish is to improve relations even further with Israel without this harming our relations with the Arab states, and this is what I passed on to our friend the foreign minister,” said Anastassiades.

“This needs great care but at the same time should have happened a long time ago,” he said, noting that the Glafcos Clerides government had first embarked on improving relations between the two countries.

Improving bilateral ties needs to be continuously worked on “because they have the greatest influence in decision-making centres”.

The opposition leader said Liberman “seems to agree on improving relations while recognising the need to maintain good relations with the Arab states”.

Published on September 5, 2010, Cyprusmail
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