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Greece holds firm on Israeli defence agreement amid annexation controversy

3rd July 2020 - 10:46 GMT | by Tim Martin in London


Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, the Greek Minister of National Defence, has told the country’s parliament that efforts to ratify a defence co-operation pact with Israel should not be left ‘hostage’ by matters involving the annexation of Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had set 1 July as the date for annexation of the West Bank and surrounding areas to take place — a move condemned by a number of heads of state as breaching international law.

Despite that deadline passing without the new policy coming into effect, Panagiotopoulos warned that the specific timing of annexation is a ‘political development that

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Tim Martin


Tim Martin

Tim Martin is Air Editor for Shephard Media, based in Belfast. 

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