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Cyprus and UAE sign defence MoU to boost military relations

Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance bilateral cooperation in the defense and military fields, Saudi Gazette reported.

Cypriot Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides signed the MoU with the UAE’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Bowardi on Tuesday via a video conference.

Al-Bowardi emphasized that the signing of the MoU is a demonstration of the strategic relations between the UAE and Cyprus.

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Cypriot Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides signing the MoU.

He also highlighted that the signing of this MoU will contribute effectively to strengthening joint action in the military and defense fields with the aim of raising capabilities in these fields.

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UAE’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Bowardi.

The Cypriot Minister stressed the importance of the partnership with the UAE in a way that achieves the security and stability of the region.

Specifically, Petrides said “this MoU is a fruition of our overall excellent bilateral relations and our like mindedness on an array of international and regional issues.”

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Cypriot Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides showing the signed MoU.

“We consider this MoU as a step towards developing a long term, sustained and robust defence partnership between Cyprus and the UAE,” he added.

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UAE’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs Mohammed bin Ahmed Al-Bowardi showing the signed MoU.

The signing of the MoU between Cyprus and the UAE comes as Greece and the UAE also signed a similar deal in November 2020, as reported by Greek City Times.

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