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Despite divide over settlements, Israel expands energy cooperation with Egypt

Israel’s Energy Minister Israel Katz chose to travel to Egypt for his first visit abroad since taking office.
(From left to right) Israel's Energy Minister Haim Katz.

Israel’s Energy Minister Israel Katz concluded on Tuesday a two-day visit to Cairo, where he participated in the EGYPS 2023 Petroleum Show. It was Katz’s first visit abroad since taking office. The high-level visit reflects Israel's desire to deepen its ties with Egypt, especially on natural gas, renewable energies, hydrogen and stockage of electricity.

Israel and Egypt were at the origins of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF), first established in 2019. Other members include Cyprus, Greece, the Palestinian Authority, Jordan, France and Italy. The European Union and the United States participate as observers to the group.

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