01 March, 2007
Deputy Defence Minister Vassilis Mihaloliakos on Wednesday received his visiting Israeli counterpart Efraim Sneh in Athens, as the latter is on an official visit to Greece.
Earlier, Sneh attended a working lunch at the foreign ministry for talks with Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis, where discussions revolved around the situation in the SE Mediterranean basin and prospects for mutual cooperation in the hi-tech, industrial and economic sectors.
Security in the Middle East and Balkans dominated talks during Sneh's meeting with Mihaloliakos, whereas both sides expressed volition to expand cooperation in the defence sector.
According to reports, the Greek deputy minister emphasised that security in the sensitive Mideast region remains the supreme issue at hand, one however, "that cannot and must not be imposed unilaterally via military means, but should be the product of consensus."
On his part, Sneh -- a noted Labor party cadre as well as a high-ranking military physician and officer before retiring from active duty - expressed a view that the "Road Map" for Mideast peace is a priority, while he expressed Israel's increased concerns over Iran's nuclear program.
Turning to an issue of particular regional interest for Greece, Sneh cited Israel's support for Athens' positions vis-à-vis the "name issue" with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), reminding that the Israeli government recognises the one-time Yugoslav republic as FYROM.
Source: Athens News Agency