Israeli Pres. Shimon Peres Talks About Greece, Turkey, Syria & Iran Ahead Visit to Athens (video)

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Just a couple of days before setting foot to Athens, Israeli President Simon Peres talked to Greek private broadcaster Mega TV. Shimon Peres stressed the importance of energy cooperation among Israel, Greece and Cyprus and underlined that Turkey has to respect International Law when it comes to recognition of the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus.

On the Middle East, Peres said that the Assad regime has “no chance to remain in power” and that Iran has “no right to nuclear weapons.”

Israeli president spoke about how he solved the economic problems of Israel when he was prime minister and said that countries do not have national economies but that the is a “global economy.”

Talking about the historical bonds between Greece and Israel, Shimon Peres revealed a personal story: That his father was hiding in a Greek monastery during the Second World War.

  is scheduled to visit Greece on Monday, August 6th 2012, in a trip that is being seen by the Greek side as a further cementing of relations between the two countries.

Peres’s trip follows a visit by Greek President Karolos Papoulias to Israel last year and the signing of bilateral cooperation deals in various areas, such as tourism and energy.

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Shimon Peres  is scheduled to visit Greece on Monday, August 6th 2012, in a trip that is being seen by the Greek side as a further cementing of relations between the two countries.

Peres’s trip follows a visit by Greek President Karolos Papoulias to Israel last year and the signing of bilateral cooperation deals in various areas, such as tourism and energy.

Diplomatic sources told Kathimerini that they see Peres’s visit as the continuation of the improvement in ties, which was triggered by a deterioration in relations between Israel and Turkey.

Greece has also seen a rise in the number of Israeli tourists visiting the country, as some 400,000 have already taken vacations in Greece this year.