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 Israel and Greece hoping for open skies by 1 August

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis  to Jerusalem.

After saying that “it is a reflection of successful battle against corona and our wonderful relations” and “indeed always a pleasure to come to Israel,” Mitsotakis said that “it says a lot” that his first trip abroad post the COVID-19 pandemic was to the Jewish State.

The two leaders held extensive talks at the Prime Minister office in the Israeli capital, after which they attended the 4th G2G meeting between their governments.

A joint statement issued by Netanyahu and Mitsotakis revealed that they are mulling 1 August as the prospective date to re-open “the (Israeli) skies to the destinations of Greece and Cyprus.” The statement noted, however, that the resumption of air travel “depends on what happens with the corona pandemic,” but stressed that it will go into effect as hoped “if the numbers allow it.”