Cyprus signs Memorandum of Defense and Military Cooperation with UAE

Cyprus signs Memorandum of Defense and Military Cooperation with UAE

A memorandum of defense and military cooperation was signed today by the Ministers of Defense of Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The memorandum, among other things, provides for joint exercises, training programs and consultations, promoting operational cooperation between the Armed Forces of the Republic of Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates.

This is the first memorandum of cooperation in the field of Defense and Security that has been signed between Cyprus and the UAE and reflects the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries.

It is noted that the preparation of a bilateral defense cooperation program will follow which will include joint actions, exercises and joint trainings between the Armed Forces of the two countries.

The memorandum was signed by teleconference and the two ministers agreed on a private meeting when conditions allow in relation to the coronavirus pandemic.

In his greeting, the Minister of Defense Charalambos Petrides stated that the desire and ambition of the Republic of Cyprus is the establishment of a mutually beneficial cooperation between the Armed Forces of the two countries.

Charalambos Petrides also said that the recent large-scale joint exercise MEDUSA, which took place with the participation of forces from Egypt, Cyprus, Greece, France and the UAE, constitutes tangible proof of the future prospects of cooperation that enters into force upon the signing of memorandum.

The Minister described the memorandum as the starting point for the development of a long-term, lasting, strong and strategic relationship between the respective Ministries and the Armed Forces. /ibna