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Minister: Cyprus is a “reliable” security partner for the United States

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The Cypriot foreign minister said the eastern Mediterranean island nation has “all the ingredients” to be a “credible and reliable partner” of the United States in maintaining stability and security in the region

NICOSIA, Cyprus – Cyprus has “all the ingredients” to be a “credible and reliable partner” of the United States in maintaining stability and security in the Eastern Mediterranean region, the Cypriot Affairs Minister said on Friday. foreign.

Veteran politician Ioannis Kasoulides, who came out of retirement to return to his old post after Nikos Christodoulides resigned, says bilateral relations with the United States have grown in “leaps and bounds” since 2013.

In a statement to The Associated Press ahead of his meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Kasoulides said improved relations resulted in legislation the US Congress passed in 2019 lifting the hardware embargo. and non-lethal defense services.

The lifting of the embargo was made possible after Washington waived its obligation for Cyprus to stop offering refueling and other port services to Russian warships. The United States had accused Russia of playing a “very destabilizing role” in the eastern Mediterranean.

Kasoulides said Cyprus was ready to discuss any concerns any partner might have about “adverse influences” another country wields in the region. But he noted that Cyprus is a small country with limited resources” whose foreign policy is guided by “strict respect for international law and good neighborly relations”.

The Cypriot foreign minister said Cyprus’ position as an agent of regional stability was enhanced by its “advanced networks of cooperation” with neighboring countries, including Israel, Jordan and Egypt.

“We are constantly striving to improve our role as a player in regional stability, whether on a bilateral basis, which…includes European allies, or through the tried and tested trilateral mechanisms”, Kasoulides said.

Minister: Cyprus is a “reliable” security partner for the United States

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