Defense Minister Christoforos Fokais leaves tomorrow for Israel, where he will have a private meeting with his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Liberman, in Tel Aviv. During the meeting, a wide range of issues related to enhanced cooperation between the two countries will be discussed.
The meeting agenda includes cooperation in the field of exercises, armaments, exchange of information and cyber-defence. An assessment is also expected on the regional security environment and terrorism, and further ways of bilateral and multilateral cooperation will be discussed. It is noted that this is the fourth meeting held between the two ministers in the last year.
During the visit, Fokaidis will be present tomorrow afternoon at the Ceremony of the launching of the first open sea vessel that was purchased by the Republic of Cyprus through a transnational agreement with Israel and is being constructed by the Israeli shipyards in Haifa.
The launching of the first open sea ship, which takes place in accordance with the vessel’s timetable, is the first step of an important goal set by the Ministry of Defence to strengthen the Navy.
It is expected, within the year, according to the schedule, the completion of two more tenders involving the purchase of two other offshore vessels and two high speed costal boats./IBNA