Mitsotakis in Israel: He met relatives of hostages kidnapped by Hamas

Mitsotakis in Israel 23 October 2023

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, during his visit to Israel today, met with relatives of hostages kidnapped by Hamas.

Photos from the meeting were published on the X platform (formerly Twitter) by Israel's ambassador to Greece, Noam Katz.

"Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis met in Israel with relatives of Israeli hostages kidnapped by Hamas terrorists two weeks ago," wrote Noam Katz.

Mitsotakis met on Monday with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and promised that Greece will continue supporting the Jewish state and expressed his horror and sorrow at Hamas' terrorist attacks againstĀ Israel.

MitsotakisĀ underlined Israel's right to self-defence in accordance with international law.

He reiterated the need to protect civilians, free the Israelis held hostage by Hamas and avoid a humanitarian crisis.

The prime minister's exchange with Netanyahu at the start of their meeting was as follows:

Benjamin Netanyahu: Prime Minister, my dear friend Kyriakos, I am very glad to see you here. I always say that the best thing, besides standing with Israel, is being in Israel. I appreciate your solidarity, that of your government and the Greek people, in this dark hour. It is a battle of civilisation against barbarism. We are on the side of civilisation, and we must all unite against Hamas, which is the Islamic State (ISIS).

Kyriakos Mitsotakis: Thank you very much, Prime Minister, dear Bibi. I come here not only as an ally but as a true friend. What happened was truly horrific. From the first moment, Greece defended and supported Israel's right to self-defence, according to International Law. We made a very clear distinction between Hamas and the Palestinian people. We will continue to support you and hope that whatever happens must happen without great humanitarian cost. You can count on our support and help.
Benjamin Netanyahu: Thank you, my friend. Thank you.

See the video:

The meeting in photos

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 23 October 2023 in IsraelDuring the meeting, the prime minister expressed disgust and anguish over Hamas' terrorist attacks against Israel.

According to International Law, Kyriakos Mitsotakis underlined Israel's right to self-defence and reiterated the need to protect civilians, free Israelis held hostage by Hamas and avoid a humanitarian crisis.

The prime minister arrived early in the morning in Israel, confirming the information that had been around since Sunday afternoon that today he would make the trip that did not take place last week.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 23 October 2023 in Israel

The meeting took place in Jerusalem.

The meeting was attended by the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs, George Gerapetritis; the Minister of State, Stavros Papastavrou; the director of the diplomatic office of the Prime Minister, Anna-Maria-Heleni Boura and the Greek ambassador to Israel, Kyriakos Loukakis.

The prime minister had a warm embrace with Benjamin Netanyahu. The two delegations discussed all the burning issues of the region for some time.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 23 October 2023 in Israel

Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his disgust and pain over the terrorist attacks by Hamas.

At the same time, he underlined Israel's right to self-defence and the need to protect civilians, release the hostages and avoid a humanitarian crisis.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 23 October 2023 in Israel

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