Greece and Israel have agreed to set up within the next two months a joint ministerial council which will be chaired by their respective Prime Ministers and will comprise ministers from both countries, in order to boost their bilateral ties, the Greek news agency ANA reported.
The news came as Israeli Foreign Minister 's Avigdor Lieberman started on Wednesday a 4-day visit in Athens for talks with the Greek leadership.
He met his counterpart Dimitris Droutsas upon his arrival and was also to have talks with President Carolos Papoulias, Prime Minister George Papandreou, Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Minister of State for investment Haris Pamboukis.
He was also to meet with leaders of the Greek Jewish community.
It is the first such visit by an Israeli foreign minister in more than 15 years.
The trip comes after a similar visit by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in August that underscored a dramatic rapprochement with Greece after decades of frosty relations. Netanyahu's trip was the first time an Israeli head of government had visited to Greece, which has traditionally been pro-Arab and did not recognize the Jewish state until 1991. During that visit, the two countries reportedly set up a joint committee for strategic and security cooperation to study ways of improving cooperation on strategic and anti-terror issues, Israeli media reports said at the time.