Nicosia says it is particularly important that US recognizes role of RoC in Southeastern Mediterranean

Nicosia considers the fact that the US recognizes the role of the Republic of Cyprus in the Southeastern Mediterranean, a region of geostrategic significance, as particularly important, Government Spokesman Prodromos Prodromou has said.

“We welcome the importance attributed to our country, which reflects the upgrading of the relations between Cyprus and the US,” Prodromou noted in a written statement.

With regard to the facilities which the Republic of Cyprus provides in the region, Prodromou said that they have to do with humanitarian issues as in the case of Lebanon in 2006 and the implementation of the decision taken by the international community to remove chemical weapons from Syria in 2013-2014.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved on Tuesday afternoon bipartisan legislation authored by Ranking Member Bob Menendez (D-N.J) and Republican Senator Marco Rubio (Fl.), which would update the United States’ strategy in the Eastern Mediterranean to meet new challenges and opportunities in that region.

The Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019 would allow the U.S. to fully support the trilateral partnership of Israel, Greece, and Cyprus through energy and defense cooperation initiatives�including by lifting the prohibition on arms transfers to the Republic of Cyprus. Now the discussion of the bill is moved the full Senate.

A similar bipartisan bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Ted Deutch, David Cicilline and Gus Bilirakis.

Source: Cyprus News Agency