India, Cyprus ink defence and military pact

Jaishankar also welcomed signing the framework agreement on the signing of the International solar alliance by Cyprus…reports Asian Lite News

External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar and his Cyprus counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides signed an MoU on Defence and Military Cooperation, in Nicosia on Thursday.

“We have signed a number of important agreements today. One is the MoU on Defence and Military Cooperation between our two countries,” Jaishankar said during a press conference alongside Kasoulide. This agreement was signed during Jaishankar’s first visit to the country. The two sides also inked the Letter of Intent on the Migration and Mobility Partnership.

He said this deal will help provide a common framework of arrangement and cooperation to facilitate the mobility of students, business people and professionals. “It will also help in combatting irregular migration,” he said.

Jaishankar also welcomed signing the framework agreement on the signing of the International solar alliance by Cyprus.

“I believe, our cooperation in the field of renewable energy will gain as a result,” he added.

The External Affairs Minister also released the commemorative stamps today on 75 years of India’s Independence and 60 years of establishing diplomatic ties with Cyprus.

“Overall, there is a lot we can be proud of in our bilateral relations and the level of our comfort and extend of our cooperation is clearly visible,” he added.

Addressing the press conference, Jaishankar noted that the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing conflicts demand the world to address new challenges.

“Energy security and food security are particularly pressing issues. As a responsible member of the international community, India joined its other partners in working towards extending humanitarian aid, medicines, vaccine and food grains,” he added.

As India takes on the responsibility of G20, Jaishankar said it is New Delhi’s endeavour to involve as many countries as possible and stir the conversation in the forum towards equitable and sustainable growth.

Jaishankar reiterated India’s principled position on the Cyprus issue and expressed commitment to a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation based on UN resolutions.

“I take this opportunity to reiterate our principled position on the Cyprus issue. India reiterates its commitment to a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation based on UN resolutions as the solution to the Cyprus issue,” he said.

The ministers had a very productive discussion with his Cyprus counterpart on both bilateral and multilateral cooperation. The two ministers also exchanged views on their respective neighborhoods, Indo-Pacfic region, West Asia, and India-EU ties.

Jaishankar reiterates India’s stand on Cyprus issue in Nicosia

ternal Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Thursday reiterated India’s principled position on the Cyprus issue and expressed commitment to a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation based on UN resolutions.

“I take this opportunity to reiterate our principled position on the Cyprus issue. India reiterates its commitment to a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation based on UN resolutions as the solution to the Cyprus issue,” said Jaishankar during a press conference alongside Cyprus counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides. The current issue between Cyprus and Turkey is an ongoing dispute between Greek Cypriots in the south and Turkish Cypriots in the north. According to a recent report by American broadcaster Voice of America (VOA), tensions between Greece and Turkey over the divided island of Cyprus appear to be escalating.

Addressing the press conference in Nicosia, the External Affairs Minister said he held a very productive discussion with his Cyprus counterpart on bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

Jaishankar discusses Ukraine conflict

Jaishankar met Annita Demetriou, House of Representatives President of Cyprus, and held an exchange on several important regional and global issues, including the Ukraine conflict.

“Great to meet President of House of Representatives @AnnitaDemetriou. An interesting conversation on our parliamentary practices. Appreciate the presentation of commemorative stamps marking #AmritMahotsav and 60 years of our diplomatic ties,” Jaishankar tweeted. “Useful exchange on our bilateral relationship and in the context of the EU. Also discussed regional issues and Ukraine conflict,” he added.

External Affairs Minister is in Cyprus for a three-day visit to mark 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. He will address Cyprus’ business and investment community, apart from interacting with the Indian diaspora.

Jaishankar today paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi in Nicosia, along with Annita Demetriou, President of the House of Representatives.

“Started my Cyprus visit by joining President of House of Representatives @AnnitaDemetriou in paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi in Nicosia. His universal message of peace and harmony continues to guide us all,” he tweeted.

The minister also visited Konark wheel installed in the Cyprus Foreign Ministry one that was gifted by India in 2017.

During his visit, EAM today also met with his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides. The two ministers also exchanged views on their respective neighborhoods, Indo-Pacfic region and West Asia.

“Delighted to meet FM Kasoulides in Nicosia. Our third meeting this year, but this one in Cyprus. Comprehensive discussions on our bilateral ties, cooperation in EU and other multilateral fora. Also exchanged perspectives on our neighbourhood, Indo-Pacific, West Asia & Ukraine,” he tweeted.

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