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Greek PM in Israel Says Turkey a 'Threat to Regional Peace'

In his first foreign trip since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Mitsotakis condemned Turkey's “aggressive behavior in the eastern Mediterranean."

Along with Cyprus, Israel and Greece signed an agreement in January on building an undersea pipeline to carry gas from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe. Turkey stands opposed to the deal and has conducted an air and naval exercise in the eastern Mediterranean.

The European Union (EU) is currently weighing retaliatory measures as Israel plans to annex parts of Judea and Samaria, a step included in a US peace initiative. The Greek delegation will not meet with Palestinian Authority (PA) officials, who have categorically rejected Washington's plan.

But in an interview published by Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot, Mitsotakis said he would speak to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas "once I return to Athens."

"We want to see the Israelis and the Palestinians living alongside one another in peace and security," he said.

More than 450,000 Israelis and 2.7 million PA Arabs live in Judea and Samaria. (INN / VFI News)

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. —John 16:33