Defence Ministers of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt observe final phase of aeronautical exercise

Ministers of Defence, Chiefs of the Armed Forces and Air Force Commanders of Cyprus, Greece and Egypt, attended on Wednesday the final phase of the Aeronautical Exercise “MEDUSA 7” in the sea area south of Crete.

The defence ministers of the three countries observed the final phase of the drill from an Egyptian helicopter and a Greek frigate.

In statements after the conclusion of the exercise, Cypriot Defence Minister, Savvas Angelides, stressed that the exercise proved the high level of education, cooperation, operational readiness and professional training of the members of the armed forces of the three countries.

He also emphasized that it was the second participation of Cyprus in the naval exercises, and pointed out that training of Cyprus navy personnel in cooperation with other navies and the carrying out of various aeronautical exercises significantly enhances the effort of upgrading the operational readiness and the capabilities of the National Guard.

He also stressed that this cooperation reinforces defence relations and proves in practice that Cyprus can become a pillar of stability in the Mediterranean.

The Minister had meetings with his counterparts from Greece and Egypt. He discussed issues related to the bilateral and trilateral relations, as well as issues of common interest such as regional security and marine and energy security in the Eastern Mediterranean.

The Defence Ministers of Cyprus and Greece will participate on Thursday in the 4th Intergovernmental Defence Council, to discuss joint actions and issues of common interest.

Source: Cyprus News Agency