12 February 2014 09:44

LIMASSOL - A joint air force exercise between Cyprus and Israel was completed on Tuesday with Minister of Defence Fotis Fotiou describing it as a complete success.
Speaking to the media, Fotiou said the ‘Onisiou Gedeon drill took place between Vasiliko in Limassol and Paphos airport as part of ongoing efforts to improve security in Cyprus’ Flight Information Region.
“I would like to thank my Israeli counterpart and the personnel from the ministries of both countries which took part in this exercise.”
The minister noted that Cyprus and Israel are entering a new phase of cooperation which started several months ago.
“This cooperation will bring many benefits to both our countries including increased security in the energy sector.”
Cyprus has signed an agreement to delineate its Exclusive Economic Zone with Egypt and Israel with a view to exploit any natural gas and oil reserves found in the region.


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