NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday signed their first navy cooperation settlement because the jap Mediterranean island nation seeks to bolster relations with close by international locations within the Center East.
Cyprus already had navy agreements with Egypt, Israel and Jordan, and its armed forces maintain coaching workouts with the forces of these international locations. The nation additionally has signed a deal to assist practice Lebanon’s military.
Cyprus’ Protection Ministry mentioned in an announcement that the settlement with the UAE foresees the holding of joint navy maneuvers, coaching applications and consultations on increasing operational cooperation.
Cyprus Protection Minister Charalambos Petrides signed the settlement throughout a teleconference and agreed to satisfy together with his UAE counterpart as soon as situations referring to the coronavirus pandemic allow, the ministry mentioned in an announcement.
Petrides hailed the settlement as the beginning of a protracted, highly effective and strategic relationship between the 2 international locations’ protection ministries and armed forces.
The UAE participated in a large-scale sea and air navy train off Egypt in November. French, Greek, Egyptian and Cypriot personnel additionally had been concerned within the workouts, code-named Medusa.
Petrides mentioned the drill demonstrated the prospects for increasing navy cooperation between the UAE and Cyprus.