The Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Cyprus, investing in the spectrum of Bilateral Relations, has developed cooperation in domains of common interest with both adjacent as well as more distant countries. In addition, it has also co-created Bilateral Agreements on Defence Cooperation with the following countries, while it is also in the process of concluding similar agreements with several other countries.
Within the framework of fortifying the military cooperation of armed forces of foreign states, programs of Bilateral Military Cooperation with Egypt, Armenia, Austria, United Kingdom, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon and Serbia have been signed and implemented, and more procedures are taking place in order to sign more with other countries. Through these programs the mutual participation of the Armed Forces members in common exercises and instruction programs in Cyprus and abroad are implemented, as well as different exchange visits of Ministry of Defence officers and of the Cypriot Armed Forces with these countries.
At the same time within the framework of the new peripheral policy created by the governments of Cyprus and Greece, the Ministry of Defence has developed Trilateral Agreements aiming at the promotion of peace, stability and security in the East Mediterranean. There have been Trilateral Agreements between Cyprus – Greece – Israel and Cyprus – Greece – Egypt, and there is an effort to create more with neighbouring countries.
The practice of an active defence diplomacy through accredited Defence Attaches (DA) enhances the general foreign policy of the Republic of Cyprus. To this end, Defence Attaches have been posted to the United Kingdom, Israel, Egypt with a simultaneous accreditation in Jordan, while there are already DAs in France and Russia. Furthermore, the Military Advisor to the OSCE, who is posted to the Permanent Representation of Vienna, is also an accredited DA in Austria, Croatia, Slovakia and Slovenia.