Thursday, January 14, 2010

Israel And Cyprus Sign Bilateral Shipping Agreement

New Assistance Pledges Given
Shipping News Feature

ISRAEL / CYPRUS - The governments of Cyprus and Israel have signed a bilateral agreement for cooperation in the sector of commercial shipping. The agreement was signed yesterday, in Nicosia, by the Minister of Communications and Works Nicos Nicolaides and Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman, who is paying an official visit to Cyprus.

The agreement provides for equal treatment as regards the provision of services to ships of one country while being stationed in the ports of the other, cooperation and assistance in case of maritime accidents, and cooperation in the training of seafarers.

The latest agreement reaffrims the close relationship between the two nations in maritime matters, which has in the past seen Israeli military forces operate within Cypriot waters to interdict illegal arms transfers.

(pic: The signing ceremony)