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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Cypriot counterpart Ioannis Kasoulides in Cyprus to discuss a range of bilateral issues and global interests such as the Ukraine conflict. During the meeting, the two sides signed three agreements, including one on defence and military cooperation.

Jaishankar’s visit marks his first official trip to Cyprus as the two countries commemorate 60 years of diplomatic relations. The agreements signed during the visit cover defence and military cooperation, immigration and mobility, as well as Cyprus joining the International Solar Alliance.

Both leaders emphasized their shared values of peace, democracy, and the rule of law, highlighting the importance of deepening people-to-people contact between India and Cyprus to strengthen their longstanding friendship.

The ministers also discussed various bilateral relations and global challenges, including the situation in Afghanistan. Jaishankar expressed his pleasure at being in Cyprus and underscored India’s commitment to enhancing bilateral cooperation.

The agreements signed on defence and military cooperation, migration and mobility, and Cyprus joining the International Solar Alliance were deemed important by Jaishankar. He also mentioned the release of commemorative stamps to mark significant milestones in the countries’ history.

In light of the Covid pandemic and ongoing conflicts worldwide, Jaishankar stressed the need for collective action to address challenges like food and energy security. He highlighted India’s efforts to provide humanitarian aid and assistance to those in need.

Jaishankar also mentioned India’s G-20 presidency and its commitment to promoting equitable and sustainable growth. The Cypriot minister echoed the sentiment, emphasizing the strong momentum in bilateral cooperation and the desire to further enhance ties in various sectors.

During his visit, Jaishankar will meet with Annita Demetriou, President of the House of Representatives, and engage with the business community, as well as the Indian Diaspora in Cyprus.

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