Minister of Defense of Cyprus Savvas Angelides pays a visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial.

Cypriot Defense Minister Visits Armenia

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YEREVAN (Armenpress) — Minister of Defense of Cyprus Savvas Angelides arrived in Armenia on February 12 for a three-day visit last week.

During his visit, he went to the Rehabilitation Center of the Fatherland’s Defender, a military rehabilitation facility in Yerevan.

“The Cypriot minister was impressed, he assured that they will actively cooperate with [us],” Yerevan State Medical University Rector Armen Muradyan said on Facebook. The center is located on the premises of the YSMU hospital complex.

Deputy Defense Minister of Armenia Gabriel Balayan accompanied the Cypriot delegation during the visit.

Angelides and his delegation visited the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial and Museum on February 13.

The Cypriot defense minister paid tribute to the victims of the Armenian genocide, toured the museum and signed the honorary guest book, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute said.

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Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan received Angelidis. Welcoming Angelidis to Armenia, Pashinyan noted that the Armenian government is eager to develop multifaceted cooperation with Cyprus, including the political, economic and defense spheres. Nikol Pashinyan stressed the importance of active cooperation between the defense departments of Armenia and Cyprus and the implementation of joint programs.

Thankful for the warm welcome, Angelidis said his country is also interested in the continued development of friendly relations with Armenia. He added that he had held effective discussions with Armenian colleagues, which helped outline the main areas and programs of cooperation for 2019.

The parties discussed cooperation in the military industry, including the possibility of finding technological solutions to joint projects, taking measures to implement specific projects, and implementing various programs in the field of military training. Issues of international and regional security, as well as opportunities for cooperation in a multilateral format with the participation of Armenia and Cyprus were reviewed during the meeting.

Pashinyan thanked Cyprus for its position on the Armenian Genocide and the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The head of the Armenian government stressed the importance of organizing mutual visits at the highest level between the two countries, noting that they might promote cooperation in various areas.

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