The United Arab Emirates and Cyprus yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen mutual cooperation on the military and defence levels.
UAE Minister of State for Defence, Mohammed Al-Bawardi, said in a statement that the agreement was signed in a "virtual meeting" with his Cyprus counterpart, Charalambos Petrides. "The agreement affirms the depth of our strategic relations with Cyrus," Al-Bawardi was quoted by the official WAM as saying.
On his part, Petrides said that the MoU was a result of a "fruition of excellent bilateral relations between the two countries and our like-mindedness on an array of international and regional issues."
"We consider this MoU as a step towards developing a long term, sustained and robust defence partnership between Cyprus and the UAE," he said on Twitter.