The United States has partially lifted a long-standing arms embargo against Cyprus which applies to non-lethal equipment.
However, officials in Washington were quick to point out that the decision was not prompted by recent developments in the Eastern Mediterranean.
During our phone call with @SecPompeo, we both expressed our serious concerns on the volatile situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. We further stressed the importance to ease tensions in the region, in view of #Turkey‘s aggressive behaviour. pic.twitter.com/hmZpEd6hr1
— Nicos Anastasiades (@AnastasiadesCY) September 1, 2020
US Ambassador to Cyprus, Judith Garber also mentioned the new development on her twitter feed: ‘I am so proud to see the security relationship between the United States and the Republic of Cyprus deepening during my tenure as ambassador.
‘I look forward to continuing the cooperation, which will address issues of common concern, such as non-proliferation, trafficking and threats to the fight against terrorism,’ she wrote.
In Nicosia, Kyriacos Kousios, the government spokesman said the decision was a ‘recognition of Cyprus’ role in the region.’ (Famagusta Gazette)