French Armed Forces Minister expresses support towards Cyprus

Cypriot Minister of Defence Christoforos Fokaides and French Minister for Armed Forces Florence Parly, met on Monday in Larnaca.

During the meeting, Fokaides briefed Parly on the government’s actions to support the drilling by French company Total in Cyprus’ exclusive economic zone, while Parly expressed France’s support to Cyprus and also expressed gratitude for the help in the fight against terrorism.

Fokaides said Cyprus and France were pylons of stability in the south-eastern Mediterranean, and pointed out the need to strengthen relations and cooperation between the two countries.

Parly earlier visited the French Navy frigate Languedoc, which is currently operating in the Eastern Mediterranean. According to a press release, the visit, and the stop-over in Cyprus, is the first visit of the Minister to armed forces deployed overseas, in an area of particular importance for the fight against terrorism, still going on in the context of the international coalition acting in Syria and Iraq. The Minister will then continue her trip to Jordan.

The two Ministers and their delegations held a meeting during which, according to the French Embassy, they discussed bilateral relations in the field of defence, strengthening European defence, the fight against terrorism on the Iraq-Syria battlefield, and the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Speaking after the meeting, Fokaides said France has always been one of Cyprus’ most important partners and pledged to continue cooperating in addressing the new challenges and promoting conditions of stability and safety in the Eastern Mediterranean.

He also noted that the new Defence Agreement signed just four months ago sets the framework for this upgraded cooperation, giving special emphasis on maritime and energy security.

Fokaides said that during the meeting he also referred to the initiatives Cyprus is taking in the fight against terrorism, and also briefed Parly on developments in efforts to solve the Cyprus problem.

Source: Cyprus News Agency