Following the completion of internal procedures, the Defence Cooperation Agreement between the Republic of Cyprus and the French Republic, which was signed on 4 April 2017, entered into force on 1 August 2020.
This agreement further strengthens and expands the cooperation of the Republic of Cyprus with the French Republic, in the field of defence and security, while at the same time it is an important step towards achieving the common goal of ensuring a stable and secure environment in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Agreement enhances co-operation between the two countries in the fields of energy and maritime security, early warning and crisis management, and the fight against terrorism and piracy. In addition, at the military level, it envisages cooperation in the fields of armaments and defence technology, joint training of military personnel and conducting search and rescue exercises.
The Cyprus-France Defence Cooperation Agreement confirms the excellent level of bilateral relations between the two countries and the multifaceted cooperation between them, which was demonstrated during the recent meeting of Presidents Anastasiades and Macron in Paris./ibna