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UK and Cyprus review security relations

British Minister of State for the Armed Forces Michael Penning (left) with Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides on Wednesday

British Minister of State for the Armed Forces Michael Penning was in Cyprus on Wednesday and met with Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides in Nicosia, the defence ministry said.

During the meeting the two men reviewed relations in the field of security and defence and explored ways to further cooperate, the ministry said.

Fokaides said that bilateral cooperation with the United Kingdom not only served the interests of both countries but the public interest.

He also referred to the initiatives taken by Cyprus to promote stability and conditions for cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean and the relationships it had developed with almost all neighbouring countries in the defence and security sector.

“Any solution of the Cyprus problem should not compromise but rather to enhance even further the ability of Cyprus to function as a pillar of security and stability in this troubled and unstable region,” he said.

Penning said the UK appreciated the efforts and the role of Cyprus in the region, due to its friendly relationships with neighbouring countries. He noted the “excellent relationship” that has been developed between Cyprus and Britain and the important steps they have taken on a bilateral level in recent years in the context of enhanced cooperation.

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