It was the first visit to Israel by a Greek defense minister and part of a cooperation agreement forged between the premiers of the two countries, George Papandreou and Benjamin Netanyahu, last year. Beglitis also met with the Israeli chief of general staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, and was to meet on Monday with President Shimon Peres, Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.
Defence Minister Panos Beglitis, speaking after meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday on the second day of his official visit to Israel, termed cooperation between Greece and Israel a strategic option for both the Greek government and for Israel, as he ascertained during his meetings with the government and the country's political forces.
"It is evident that both countries have the political will to shape a stable strategy on all levels and of course in the sector of defence and military cooperation," the Greek minister said.
Beglitis added that both sides are concerned over developments in the wider region and this, as he said, was the focus of the meetings that he had both on Sunday with his counterpart Ehud Barak and his meeting with Netanyahu on Monday.
He also underlined that Greece and Israel are the two pylons of stability in the region, stressing that the discussion on developments on bilateral Israeli-Turkish relations and its threats on research in the exclusive economic zone were at the focus of his contacts.
Beglitis will conclude his three-day visit o Israel on Tuesday and he will be received by President Shimon Peres, meet Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and visit Jerusalem Patriarch Theofilos.