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Greek defense minister affirms ties with Israel

Defense Minister and junior coalition partner leader Panos Kammenos declared Thursday that Greece’s ties with Israel remain strong following talks with a visiting delegation from the American Jewish Committee.

Since assuming his post in the new government, Independent Greeks leader Kammenos has underlined his intention to continue Greece’s close cooperation with Israel. There had been some fears, when the SYRIZA coalition with the right-wing party was formed, about the prospects for this relationship, Kathimerini understands. But in recent days the two sides seemed to have found common ground.

In a statement issued after the talks with Kammenos and other Greek government officials Thursday, the AJC said the main topics discussed included “efforts to achieve progress in Greece’s dramatic economic situation” and “attempts to combat anti-Semitism, including the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn political movement.”

The statement referred to “excellent meetings” with Greek officials who expressed an understanding “of the importance of the strategic partnership between Greece and Israel.”