The Cypriot Foreign Minister said three EU Member States and three Middle East countries intend to hire staff in Border, customs and maritime technologies and cybersecurity in a state-of-the-art, US-funded facility in Schools in Cyprus will be ready early next year.
After a tour of the facility, which is still under construction, with US Ambassador Judith Garber, Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides said on Thursday that the “Cyprus Center for Land, Maritime and Port Security ”(Cyclops) is scheduled to start operations on January 16, 2022.
Christodoulides added that Cyprus was chosen as the center because the Mediterranean country is at the south-eastern tip of the European Union and has good relations with the countries of the Middle East.
“Receive civil servants from neighboring countries as well as from EU member states die training required to face common non-military threats, ”said the Minister.
The Cyclops Center will have state of the art equipment, one mobile Establishment to officials in the best ways to protect large infrastructure projects, train them to conduct electronic investigations and border controls.
The United States will provide equipment and training personnel.
For his part, Kyriakos Kochos, a spokesman for the Cypriot government, said US President Joe Biden sees Cyprus as an “important partner” in strengthening regional security in the Eastern Mediterranean and pledged to die Strengthen US-Cyprus relations.
He added that Biden made these statements in a letter addressed to Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and that the US President said he looked forward to working with Anastasiades to resolve issues of common interest in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Cyprus and die United States have in tied closer security relationships in recent years, die Culminated in 2019 with congressional approval of the Eastern Mediterranean Energy and Security Partnership Act, the die US support for die reiterated energy-based partnership between Greece, Cyprus and Israel.
Ask according to law die United States is providing military training funds for ethnically divided Cyprus and partially lifting a 33-year-old arms embargo to prevent a possible arms race from affecting peace talks with separatist Turkish Cypriots.
Cyprus has granted ExxonMobil a license to look for oil and gas in To look for waters in them die The island has exclusive economic rights.
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