The Minister of Defence meets with his Italian counterpart
The Minister of Defence, Mr Fotis Fotiou, held today a meeting, at the Filoxenia Conference Center, with the Minister of Defence of Italy, Mr Mario Mauro. Following the meeting the two Ministers made statements to the Press.
In his statement, Minister Fotiou said: “I would like to welcome my friend, the Defence Minister of Italy to Cyprus. I told him today that he is a very good friend of Cyprus and he is much welcome here. His visit is the continuation of my visit to Italy last September, during which we opened new horizons of cooperation between our two Ministries, in the framework of new developments in the region. Our successive meetings with my friend, the Minister, prove the willingness of both countries to further enhance and strengthen our relations in the field of defence and security.
During today's meeting, we raised questions with regard to the implementation of the provisions concerning the Agreement on Defence Cooperation between Cyprus and Italy, which was signed in Rome in September. On the basis of this agreement, joint programmes will be implemented between the armed forces of the two countries, aiming at enhancing our capabilities in the field of defence and security, such as the exchange of expertise, information and the execution of joint exercises.
In addition, we exchanged views on issues that will be discussed at the forthcoming European Council this December. In this regard, we reaffirmed our common views and we agreed to jointly promote issues at the European Council. Issues that we consider important in strengthening the role of the EU in the fields of security and defence.-4.12.2013