France supports Cyprus against Turkish provocations, French Armed Forces Minister assures Cypriot Defence Minister

French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly expressed on Tuesday, during a meeting in Nicosia with Cypriot Minister of Defence Savvas Angelides, the full support of France towards the Republic of Cyprus with regard to the illegal provocations of Turkey within Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone.

Angelides informed Parly on the continuous illegal provocations of Turkey within Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, its behaviour in the Eastern Mediterranean, the consequences of this behaviour in relation to migration flows, and in general security in the Eastern Mediterranean, and the French Minister assured that her country would contribute decisively towards maintaining the International Law of the Sea in the Eastern Mediterranean.

According to a press release, it was decided that the French navy would continue to be present in the region, and that mechanisms for the participation of other countries in joint exercises would be activated, thus sending the right messages to anyone creating conditions of instability in the region and violating the International Law of the Sea.

The two Ministers reviewed bilateral cooperation and agreed to strengthen it, both on a bilateral and European level.

They also discussed issues of military cooperation and expressed their mutual will to enhance it.

Source: Cyprus News Agency