Greek Prime Minister Tsipras meets with Israel's Netanyahu on how to improve cooperation a day ahead of Tsipras' meeting with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in West Bank. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras pays tribute at Jerusalem's Holocaust Museum. His two day visit to the region is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties. After a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Tsipras spoke of mutual cooperation. (SOUNDBITE) (Greek) GREEK PRIME MINISTER, ALEXIS TSIPRAS, SAYING: "We had the chance to focus our talks on the need to increase cooperation between the two countries in the field of agriculture, water technologies. Israel has very high technology know-how in these fields, as well in the maritime field and generally by strengthening the cooperation between the two countries." Netanyahu too highlighted their common ground, amid Greece's ongoing financial struggle. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER, BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING: "I know that you are taking very difficult steps. They are appreciated, I think worldwide but they are also appreciated by me because I had the misfortune of having to do the same here. I know how difficult it is and I see that you are consistently and with great determination doing very difficult things and we believe in your success. We believe the Greek economy will bounce back and I intend to encourage Israeli investors to invest in Greece. On Thursday Tsipras will travel to the West Bank city of Ramallah to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.