Greece, Israel Pledge To Expand Military Cooperation

Greece, Israel Pledge To Expand Military Cooperation

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday pledged to further expand blossoming military cooperation with Greece at the start of an official visit to Athens.

"We are committed to work together and deepen our relationship," Barak said after talks with his Greek counterpart, Dimitris Avramopoulos, news agency AP reported.

After decades of cool relations, Greece and Israel have bolstered military and economic ties over the past two years, holding joint airforce exercises and a flurry of exchange visits by government officials.

Barak said ties with Greece "have never been so close."

Athens is keen to boost international investment amid its acute debt crisis, and has welcomed a recent increase in tourist arrivals from Israel, the news agency said.

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