Greek, Israeli PMs discuss bilateral ties

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras spoke by telephone with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday afternoon, the Greek premier’s office said in a statement.

Samaras congratulated Netanyahu on forming a government and the two men discussed plans for high-level talks between Greek and Israeli government officials, Samaras’ office said.

The phone call came a few hours after Netanyahu apologized to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a May 2010 raid on a vessel carrying aid to Gaza that resulted in the death of nine Turkish activists. It was unclear whether the apology, reportedly brokered by US President Barack Obama, was mentioned in the conversation between Samaras and Netanyahu.

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