Cypriot Defence Minister asks Goffus to lift US embargo on sale of military goods

Cypriot Defence Minister Savvas Angelides has asked US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for European and NATO Policy Thomas Goffus on the possibility of lifting the US embargo on the sale of military material during a meeting they had, on Wednesday, in Nicosia.

During the meeting there was an exchange of views on the regional role of Cyprus and the cooperation Cyprus has been developing with countries which are allies of the United States in the region and how it can contribute in enhancing bilateral relations and combating terrorism, a Defence Ministry press release issued here today says.

Angelides, the press release adds, expressed our side’s will to further grow and deepen bilateral relations and cooperation in the areas of defence and security with the US.

The Cypriot minister assured the American official about Cyprus’ support in the fight the international coalition under the United States against terrorism while he also referred on the provocations against Cyprus by Turkey a NATO member state.

Angelides the press release continues also put forward the matter of lifting the embargo for the sale of American military material to Cyprus, noting the importance this will play in enhancing bilateral relations.

The American official promised to convey the arguments of the Cypriot minister regarding this issue upon his return to Washington, the press release adds.

The two men also discussed energy planning the Goffus expressed support for the Republic of Cyprus’ plans within its Exclusive Economic Zone, it concludes.

Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded and occupied its northern third. The latest round of talks took place in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans Montana but failed to yield any results. UN talks aim at reuniting Cyprus, divided since the 1974 Turkish invasion, under a federal roof.

In the recent past, Turkish vessels have prevented drill ship, commissioned by the Italian oil giant ENI, to approach a target for exploratory drilling. Nicosia has protested Turkey’s moves in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Source: Cyprus News Agency