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France-Cyprus Defense Cooperation Pact Takes Effect

France-Cyprus defense cooperation pact takes effect

Limassol, Cyprus (PortSEurope) August 10, 2020 – After three years, a defense cooperation agreement between France and Cyprus, has into come force, the Cypriot government has announced. The two-year agreement includes cooperation in the fields of armaments and defense technology, and Cypriot staff training in France’s military schools, a government statement said. The two countries will “hold joint exercises and organize mutual visits in the
framework of activities of the armed forces,” Charlambos Petridis, Cypriot defense minister, said in a statement. There will also be cooperation in the areas of defense technology and search and rescue execution. Non-military elements of the agreement include cooperation in dealing with energy, maritime security, terrorism and piracy. It was signed in 2017 and put into force of Aug. 1, 2020, the two governments said on Friday. Earlier this year, the government announced improvements to a navy base in Limassol port to accommodate French military vessels. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

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