NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece is working with Israel on creating synthetic intelligence expertise that may assist in early detection of harmful wildfires, the Greek prime minister mentioned Monday.
After talks together with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu and Cypriot President Nikos Christodoulides within the Cypriot capital of Nicosia, Kyriakos Mitsotakis additionally mentioned that Israel might be introduced into the European Union fold in relation to civil safety initiatives to raised coordinate firefighting efforts.
Israel and Cyprus are amongst a number of international locations which have dispatched firefighting plane and crews to assist battle wildfires in Greece that consumed huge tracts of forest final month and are believed to have killed 20 folks.
Mitsotakis mentioned Greece may act as a proving floor for Israeli AI expertise in early detection of wildfires.
“We’re already speaking to Israel about AI-based options that can supply us early detection capabilities,” Mentioned Mitsotakis.
Netanyahu mentioned the three leaders mentioned “going properly past” dispatching firefighting plane and crews by deploying AI techniques for early detection.
“That is actually a type of areas the place after we say we’ll do it higher collectively, there’s no query that that’s the case,” Netanyahu mentioned.
The three leaders mentioned they delved into find out how to harness current pure fuel discoveries in Israeli and Cypriot waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Netanyahu mentioned choices on how Israel and Cyprus will export pure fuel to overseas markets must be made inside the subsequent three to 6 months.
Israel and Cyprus are trying into plans for a pipeline that may convey offshore natural gas from each international locations to the east Mediterranean island nation the place it might be liquefied for export by ship.
“We agreed that pure fuel and renewable vitality is a main pillar of cooperation within the area, particularly in mild of the current geopolitical developments and vitality insecurity, particularly in Europe, dictating the necessity for vitality diversification and improve interconnectivity,” Christodoulides mentioned.
One other challenge the three leaders expressed eager curiosity on is an undersea electricity cable stretching 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles) that may hyperlink the facility grids of Israel, Cyprus and mainland Greece.
“That’s one thing that we’re eagerly interested by pursuing and we mentioned … (together with) the mechanism of find out how to advance this,” mentioned Netanyahu.
Power has been the main target of a collection of ongoing conferences between the three leaders to deepen their international locations’ ties since 2016, which Mitsotakis mentioned mirrored their significance on the political, financial and different ranges.