Defence Minister participates in EU Defence Council, in Bratislava

The Minister of Defence, Mr Christoforos Fokaides, participated today in the deliberations of the two-day EU Defence Ministers Council meeting, held in Bratislava. The Council was presided over by the EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, Mrs Federica Mogherini, and was hosted by Slovakia, under its presidency of the Council of the EU.

During the meeting, High Representative Mogherini briefed the Ministers of Defence on the course of the implementation of the EU’s Global Strategy, while views were exchanged regarding the European Defence Action Plan. In this context, the Ministers of Defence discussed also the EU-NATO cooperation and the military operations of the EU, with emphasis on the EUNAVFORMED SOPHIA naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea.

In his intervention, Minister Fokaides expressed Cyprus’ support to the promotion of the EU’s Global Strategy, and pointed out that the Strategy should be translated into practical steps, tools and policies that will enable the Union to effectively address the wide range of challenges and protect the safety and the interests of the European citizens.

There is no doubt, he said, that more and better cooperation is needed in a constantly changing world, where the home and the foreign safety of the states are becoming even more interrelated.

He further underlined Cyprus’ commitment to continue working systematically and productively for the promotion of the common European interests and the promotion of the cooperation both in international and regional level for the achievement of the common goals in the framework of the EU’s Security and Defence Policy.

The Minister of Defence returns to Cyprus this evening.

Source: Press and Information Office.