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Avigdor Lieberman, Following Netanyahu, Visits Subjugated Greece

Editor's Note:

After the August 2010 Netanyahu visit to Greece, his foreign minister, Lieberman, heads to Athens to consolidates the Israeli gains in all aspects, following the bail out of Greece from its financial collapse. This is a piece of evidence of how World Zionism forces beleaguered and subjugated nations to subordinate themselves to the emerging Israeli Empire and its plans.

Israel's Lieberman heads to Greece for rare visit

Published today (updated) 12/01/2011 12:20


Israel's Avigdor Lieberman was on Wednesday to fly to Athens to meet the Greek leadership, his office said, in what will be the first such visit by an Israeli foreign minister in more than 15 years.

In Athens, Lieberman would hold talks with President Carolos Papoulias and Prime Minister George Papandreou, as well as meeting with Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas and Minister of State for investment Haris Pamboukis, a statement from his office said.

He was also to meet with Defense Minister Evangelos Venizelos as well as other senior officials, and also visit Jewish community leaders in Greece.

"Lieberman will discuss bilateral and regional issues with his hosts and other ways of broadening cooperation between the two countries," it said.

He was to leave on Wednesday and return Sunday.

The trip comes after a similar visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in August that underscored a dramatic rapprochement with Greece after decades of frosty relations.

During that visit, the two countries reportedly set up a a joint committee for strategic and security cooperation to study ways of improving cooperation on strategic and anti-terror issues, Israeli media reports said at the time.

Netanyahu's trip was the first time an Israeli head of government had visited to Greece, which has traditionally been pro-Arab and did not recognize Israel until 1991.

The foreign minister's visit comes as diplomatic ties between Israel and neighbouring Turkey continued to fester following an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in May last year in which nine Turks were killed.

Israeli and Greek officials have made a show of saying their closer ties were not tied to the diplomatic crisis with Ankara, a traditional rival of Athens.

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