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Egypt's Defence Minister arrives in Cyprus for talks on ehancing military cooperation

Sedqi Sobhi's trip to Nicosia follows a visit by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi for a tripartite Egypt-Cyprus-Greece summit in November

Ahmed Eleiba , Tuesday 12 Dec 2017
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Egypt's Defence Minister Sedki Sobhi (Photo: Ahram)
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Egypt's Defense Minister Sedqi Sobhi arrived in Nicosia on Tuesday for an official visit at the invitation of Cypriot Defence Minister Christophoros Fokaides, according to an Egyptian military press release.

Sobhi is scheduled to hold discussions with top Cypriot officials and military commanders, aiming to enhance bilateral military cooperation between the armed forces of the two nations, Egyptian military spokesman Colonel Tamer El-Refaay said.

The visit continues efforts at bilateral military cooperation, which has been growing in recent years. In March 2016, the Cypriot defence minister visited Egypt, signing a military cooperation agreement with his Egyptian counterpart.

In November this year, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi visited Nicosia, meeting with his counterpart Nicos Anastasiades and signing several memorandums of understanding in the fields of security, communication, medicine and business.

El-Sisi said military cooperation between Egypt and Cyprus had been growing since an agreement signed in 2015.

"Terrorism is still a danger that threatens the people of the region and humanity, and requires unified efforts by all countries, because the safety and security of citizens is a human right," El-Sisi said at the time.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was also present at the November meeting, with the three leaders engaging in a tripartite Greek-Cypriot-Egyptian summit, the fifth such event since 2014.

 

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