We are constantly working to upgrade military relations between Cyprus and France, Defence Minister says

Defence Minister, Savvas Angelides, said on Sunday that France is an ally of Cyprus and steps are being taken, on a constant basis, with a view to upgrade the two countries military relations.

Invited to comment on information published in daily Politis and weekly Kathimerini newspapers, saying that defence cooperation between Cyprus and France is being upgraded, a dockyard in the naval base at Mari is under construction, Andreas Papandreou air force base in Pahos is modernized, while Nicosia and Paris will soon sign an important defence agreement, the Minister said that France is our ally and in this framework we are constantly acting with a view to upgrade our relations, either this concerns (the naval base in) Mari, the air force base or anything else.

This has to do clearly with the upgrading of our military relations with France, he added.

Replying to a remark by a journalist that Cyprus is becoming a regional power in the Eastern Mediterranean, Angelides said that if we work in a serious way I believe that we can achieve, through this kind of cooperation, what we’ve been continuously saying, that Cyprus has a role to play as regards security in our region.

He noted that this concerns both the bilateral cooperation which Cyprus has with European countries, and the trilateral cooperation schemes in which the country participates, noting that tangible work is being done towards this direction.

Commenting on a remark by a journalist that powerful countries have shown trust in Cyprus, the Defence Minister said that this is a result of Cyprus’ reliability on these issues.

Source: Cyprus News Agency