Defence Minister pays official visit to Israel

Defence Minister pays official visit to Israel

Jerusalem, August 4, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

The promotion of the strategic cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus and the State of Israel on the fields of defence and security was in the center of the meeting of the Minister of Defence, Mr Christoforos Fokaides, and his Israel counterpart, Mr Moshe Ya’alon. The two Ministers met in Israel, in the context of the official visit the Cypriot Minister is paying to Israel.

The two Ministers discussed the latest developments in the region, reviewed the so-far course of the cooperation between Cyprus and Israel and set the ground for the next practical steps that will reinforce and upgrade this cooperation in their areas of competence, following the recent meeting of President Anastasiades and Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Specifically, the two sides decided to form an implementory cooperation committee, as well as to enhance the framework of the bilateral relations in the areas of defence and security, through actions like the Status of Forces Agreement, which is governed by the status of the presence of officials from each country to the territory of the other country during joint activities.

The above practical steps fall within a wide range of actions by the two countries, investing in the promotion of cooperation conditions in the regions of Eastern Mediterranean and Northern Africa. It is mutually recognized that in an area of geopolitical uncertainty, outbreak of asymmetric threats and terrorism, as well as of the consequent humanitarian crisis, coordinated action between foreseeable and reliable partners is now imperative.

In this context, as well as in view of the new energy perspectives in Eastern Mediterranean, it is, at the same time, necessary to develop national potentials in means, in order to address these challenges.