Greece and Israel celebrated their 30th anniversary of established diplomatic relations on Thursday.

In a joint statement Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou and Israeli President Reuven Rivilin celebrated the two countries’ “strong political ties” and recognised that “this relationship has grown significantly over recent years in many sectors. We work together in the fields of economy, defence, science and technology, as well as culture.

“As the Hellenic Republic and the State of Israel mark this important point in their relations, we are determined to continue to work in close cooperation and coordination,” they added. “Together, we will work for the advancement of friendship and partnership, further strengthening our unique ties in an ever-increasing number of areas of common interest, thus contributing to the prosperity of our broader region,” they said.