Cyprus Defence Minister concludes successful visit to Israel

Cyprus Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides’ visit to Israel was deemed a success, during which upgrading defence relations was agreed as well as a military attache to be stationed in Tel Aviv.

A Defence Ministry press release said that Fokaides held bilateral contacts with his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Liberman with the participation of delegations from the two ministries.

The whole specter of bilateral relations was examined and how to further deepen cooperation especially in the fields of maritime security, cyber-security, managing emergencies and special operations.

They also reviewed the implementation of the Bilateral Military Cooperation Programme and discussed prospects to further upgrade it. The two ministries also exchanged views on the latest developments regarding regional security and discussed Issues related to maritime and energy security. The minister also informed his interlocutor on the latest developments on the Cyprus problem.

It was jointly agreed that military cooperation between the two countries has brought tangible results that benefit both sides and that this must be strengthened through specific actions to further coordinate activities to fight the new threats in the unstable region of Eastern Mediterranean.

In this context, Cyprus’ credibility was emphasised due to its excellent relations with neighbouring countries and a contributor to security and stability in the region.

Fokaides announced the accreditation of a Military Attache in Tel Aviv by the end of the year, as a culmination of these upgraded relations.

It is the minister of Defence’ second visit to Israel in 2017 and is part of Fokaides’ series of visits in the countries of the Eastern Mediterranean. It is highlighted that, recently, Mr Fokaides held contacts with his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo, where he was also received by President Sisi. Next week, Defence Minister Fokaides will visit Jordan, where he will meet with the Jordanian Minister of Defence and King Abdullah.

Fokaides returns home late Tuesday.

Source: Cyprus News Agency