Defence Minister attends the launching of Cyprus’ first open sea vessel in Israel

Defence Minister Christoforos Fokaides has successfully concluded his visit to Israel where he attended the ceremony of the launching of the first open sea vessel acquired by the Republic of Cyprus through the Inter-State Agreement with Israel.

According to a press release issued on Monday by the Ministry of Defence, during his visit to the neighbouring country, Fokaides had a meeting in Tel Aviv with his counterpart Avigdor Liberman with whom he discussed issues of bilateral relations with a view to deepen the cooperation between the two countries in various fields.

As it is noted, this is the fourth meeting between the two Ministers over the past year which is a sign of the close and constructive cooperation between the two countries. Ιn this context the accreditation of Cyprus` defence attaché to Israel is expected to take place next month.

The Minister pointed out that “with this vessel we will able to respond in a better way to the new challenges of maritime and energy security and to address humanitarian crises.”

He also said that the launching of the vessel is the first step of an important objective set by the Ministry of Defence which is to strengthen the country`s navy, something which will enhance the role of Cyprus as a security contributor to the wider region.

Referring to the Cyprus-Israel co-operation, he stressed that this has been a strategic choice and noted that the acquisition of the vessel through the Cyprus-Israel Inter-State Agreement is another important sign of the strategic cooperation between the two countries established in the recent years.