Jan 13, 2021
The United Arab Emirates and Cyprus signed a protection cooperation settlement yesterday within the newest partnership between the Gulf nation and a Mediterranean nation.
UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi signed the settlement throughout a videoconference with Cyprus’ Defense Minister Charalambos Petrides on Tuesday.
The settlement consists of proposals for future joint coaching workouts and operational cooperation. Petrides lauded the deal as inaugurating a strategic relationship between the 2 nations’ militaries, in line with The Associated Press.
Tuesday’s deal is the newest signal the UAE is capitalizing on its frequent trigger with Mediterranean nations against Turkey’s insurance policies within the area.
Cyprus at the moment has shut navy ties with Israel, Jordan and Egypt. Amid tensions between Greece and Turkey final 12 months, the UAE supplied F-16s to partake in joint workouts off Crete with Cypriot, Greek and French navy personnel.
Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed later penned a strategic partnership with Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in November, permitting the 2 nations to station forces on one another’s territory and share intelligence.
The two nations are additionally anticipated to ultimately alternate technical and upkeep data for his or her F-16s sooner or later. Both governments have additionally requested to purchase the United States’ extremely superior F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a privilege Turkey misplaced, at the very least for the foreseeable future, by buying Russia’s S-400 air protection system.
The UAE additionally partook within the Medusa-10 joint workouts with French, Egyptian and Greek forces off the coast of Alexandria in late November.
The UAE has had covert ties with Israel for years however made these relations overt late final 12 months amid a Trump administration initiative to persuade Middle Eastern leaders to acknowledge the Jewish state.