While the Greek Cypriot Administration is trying to eliminate the guarantor rights of Turkey in Cyprus, on the other hand it is taking forward the “military cooperation” with Israel.
Promoting strategic cooperation on defense and security between Israel and South Cyprus was discussed in a meeting between Defense Minister Christophoros Fokaidis and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’lon in Israel.
According to the published press release, two ministers discussed the latest developments in the region. They reviewed the progress in the cooperation between two countries. They discussed the Israeli Prime Minister’s recent visit to Cyprus and they laid the foundation for the next practical steps to improve and strengthen their cooperation after the negotiations with President Nicos Anastasiades. According to the statement, both sides committed to form a Cooperation Committee and to strengthen the framework of the bilateral agreements on defense and security sectors with an agreement which is named as Powers Agreement Statute. According to the press release, these practical steps constitute a part of the two countries’ extensive activities in creation of conditions for cooperation in the Middle East and in North Africa.
The two ministers reached a consensus that both Cyprus and Israel are part of the asymmetric threat of terrorism and geo-political uncertainty region and they agreed on the need of a coordinated work in this area.
The two ministers reviewed the energy prospects in the Eastern Mediterranean and they also pointed out that it is inevitable to move with national mission in order to overcome the various challenges.