German Defense Minister visits Cyprus for first time, discusses defense cooperation

Christine Lambrecht, German Defense Minister

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# 07 November 2022 02:16 (UTC +04:00)

German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht paid an official visit to Cyprus for the first time and discussed defense cooperation and the situation in Ukraine with Cypriot Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides, the Cypriot Press and Information Office said on Sunday, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"The ministers discussed issues related to the defense sector, analyzed in detail the prospects for deepening our defense cooperation, and exchanged views on current issues of European and regional security, with particular attention to the situation in Ukraine and the Eastern Mediterranean," a statement read.

Petrides also expressed the full support of the Cypriot government to the German military, which has been in Cyprus since 2006 and is responsible for maritime surveillance under the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).