The Pentagon has announced that the Republic of Cyprus was paired with the New Jersey National Guard to participate in the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program. Minister of Defence, Charalambos Petrides, welcomed the announcement on Saturday evening, with a post on Twitter.
In particular, in a readout released by the Pentagon, Spokesman Robert L. Ditchey II said that “Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Celeste Wallander met with the Republic of Cyprus’s Ambassador to the United States Marios Lysiotis to officially announce that the Republic of Cyprus was paired with the New Jersey National Guard to participate in the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program.”
“This selection demonstrates the growing partnership between the Republic of Cyprus and the United States,” the readout noted.
On his part, Petrides welcomed the Pentagon’s announcement, adding that “we are proceeding ahead aiming to continuously deepen our cooperation.”
In September, the United States completely lifted an arms embargo on Cyprus which had been in place since 1987.
Source: Cyprus News Agency