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16 January, 1999
Israeli Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon will make an official visit to Greece on Feb. 25, Israeli diplomatic sources told ANA yesterday.
The same sources said that a visit last week by a ruling PASOK delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis and PASOK executive bureau member Theodoros Tsoukatos to Israel had been "positive and fruitful".
Mr. Kranidiotis and the delegation met with Mr. Sharon and director general of the Israeli foreign ministry, Eitan Bentsur. In the talks, both sides expressed their willingness to working towards tighter bilateral relations through specific cooperation in the economic, defense, education and other sectors, the Israeli diplomatic sources said.
The same sources also said that Israel appreciated Greece's willingness to support the Mideast peace process as well as Mr. Kranidiotis' message to the Palestinians not to take any unilateral steps that may negatively affect the peace process.
The Greek delegation had also met with the head of the Palestinian negotiating delegation in talks with Israel, discussing problems and prospects for the Mideast peace process, as well as with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Jerusalem Orthodox Patriarch Diodoros.
Finally, regarding criticism by the Israeli foreign ministry over a misunderstanding after the PASOK delegation visited the Orient House in east Jerusalem, Israeli officials said after explanations were given, Israel considers the issue closed.
Source: Athens News Agency