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First official visit by an Israeli defence minister to Cyprus

Moshe Ya`alon

Israel`s Minister of Defence Moshe Ya`alon arrives in Cyprus on Wednesday for one-day visit, the first such official visit.

He was invited by his Cypriot counterpart Christoforos Fokaides.

A welcoming ceremony will be held at the Headquarters of the Cyprus National Guard, where talks between the delegations of the two countries will take place.
According to an official press release, afterwards Ya`alon will visit the military Camp of Lieutenant General Vasiliou Kapota in Nicosia, where a monument dedicated to Cyprus-Israel Friendship will be unveiled.

he monument was erected in honor of the children of Holocaust survivors, for whom Cyprus had become a transit spot for their return to Israel post WWII.

During his visit, the Israeli defence minister will be received by the Acting President and House Speaker Yiannakis Omirou. He will lay a wreath at the Imprisoned Graves in Nicosia.

He will also visit the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Larnaca.

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