French Minister for Armed forces Florence Parly on Monday met her Cypriot counterpart in Larnaca on the occasion of her visit to the French Navy frigate Languedo which is currently operating in the Eastern Mediterranean.
“The meeting with the Cypriot Minister of Defense Christoforos Fokaides took place at the Zenon crisis management center which was inaugurated in 2017 by the President of the Republic of Cyprus,” a press release from the French embassy in Nicosia said.
“It gave the opportunity to discuss bilateral relations between France and Cyprus in the field of defense. Both countries reaffirmed their intention to further deepen their cooperation, in line with the intergovernmental defense agreement signed in April 2017,” it added.
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The announcement also said that this visit, and the stop-over in Cyprus, is the first visit of the Minister to armed forces deployed overseas.
And in an area of particular importance for the fight against terrorism, still going on in the context of the international coalition acting in Syria and Iraq.
The discussion also centered on the strengthening of European defense, the fight against terrorism on the Iraq-Syria battlefield and the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Parly did not visit gas plot 11 offshore Cyprus where French energy giant Total is carrying out a drill since July 14.
From Cyprus, she will continue her trip to Jordan.