The law gives legislative effect to the implementation of the agreement on the status of the armed forces signed by Greece and Israel on 19 July 2015 (agreement). (Yaakov Lappin, Israel, Greece sign the status of the forces agreement, JERUSALEM POST (July 19, 2015).) On 8 August, after a year of negotiations in Nicosia, Greece, Israel and Cyprus signed the tripartite energy agreement. Negotiations were held between Israeli Minister of Energy and Water Resources Silvan Shalom, Cypriot Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Nicos Kouyialis and Greek Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change George Lakkotrypis.  The 2000 megawatt EuroAsia interconnector is intended to free Cyprus and Israel from energy insulation with cheaper electricity, supported by George Lakkotrypis. Silvan Shalom announced that the agreement was “historic”, stressing that it showed the strong relationship between the countries of the three countries, adding that the electric channel would become a cable and would export electricity to the European energy market.    Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced in 2013 that Israel had a special role to play in Europe`s supply of energy resources and argued that it could become an important energy hub.  Minister Powell and Greek Foreign Minister Papandreou today signed the comprehensive technical agreement between the United States and Greece. The goal of the agreement is to modernize and strengthen defence relations between the United States and Greece and to lay the groundwork for a 21st century defence partnership. The CTA deals with the status of the U.S. armed forces in Greece and the Greek forces/officers in the United States. The United States and Greece negotiated the agreement for more than two years. It consolidates a series of provisions relating to the status of the US armed forces in Greece, which are currently contained in many bilateral agreements that complement the NATO Agreement on the Status of the Armed Forces (SOFA), and contains SOFA provisions relating to the status of the Greek armed forces in the United States.