Deputy energy minister to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia

Deputy Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Yiannis Maniatis is due to visit Israel on Sunday for talks on energy issues with Israel's Minister of National Infrastructure Uzi Landau. According to a ministry announcement, they will discuss "all energy issues of mutual interest, with the aim of further boosting cooperation between the two countries".

Among others, the talks are expected to examine the possibilities of Greece's participation in the transport of natural gas reserves recently discovered in the eastern Mediterranean to Europe.

Maniatis will also visit the city of Eliat in order to take part in a conference on renewable energy resources that will take place there and meet Israel's Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan to discuss issues of water management and protection in the framework of an initiative for cooperation between states initiated by Greece's Environment Minister Tina Birbili.

The deputy minister is next due to visit Riyadh in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, in order to represent Greece at the International Energy Forum ministerial meeting. This will bring together the energy ministers of 70 countries in order to discuss issues concerning the regulation of energy markets, analyse trends and discuss transparency in oil market data based on decisions for a Joint Oil Data Initiative (JODI) World Database.

Ministers from the attending countries, among them Maniatis, will also sign the IEF charter.

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