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Cyprus and France sign up for military cooperation

Defence Minister Savvas Angelides

Cyprus and France this week signed a bilateral military cooperation programme during a visit to Paris by defence minister Savvas Angelides.

According to a press release, Angelides completed his visit to the French capital where he held a series of meetings with his French counterpart Florence Palry, Chairman of the Defence Committee Jean-Jacques Bridey and the President of the Cyprus-France Friendship Group in the French National Assembly Sarh El Hairy.

During the meetings, “the continued enhancement of ties between Cyprus and France in the area of security and defence was reconfirmed, while Cyprus’ geostrategic role as a pillar of stability in the Eastern Mediterranean region was highlighted,” the press release said.

No details of the cooperation programme were given.

Cyprus decided to join the EU’s Permanent Structured Cooperation (Pesco) two days after President Nicos Anastasiades saw French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris in November 2017.

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