Dear  Rector of the American University of Cyprus,

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, it is a great honor and pleasure welcoming you at the  signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Defence and the American University of Cyprus. This event indicates a significant step towards achieving the Ministry of Defense's goal of collaborating with the Academic Community. Through this memorandum, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the American University of Cyprus are paving the way for cooperation in areas of common interest, with the aim of promoting joint educational and other programs to address various issues.

The collaboration includes joint participation in research programs, exchange of information and data, cooperation in education and training matters, joint participation in technocratic level committees, and the development of technological applications of common interest. Additionally, the transfer of knowledge and utilization of expertise from both parties, will be pursued for mutual benefit, along with the promotion of actions on matters of common interest.

Furthermore, our efforts are focused on establishing a network of educational institutions and bodies specializing in areas of common interest through the Ministry's Security and Defence Academy. We aim to effectively communicate our country's defence and foreign policy to the academic community through national and international educational activities.

The Memorandum of Cooperation being signed today will facilitate the strengthening of relations between the Ministry of Defence and the American University of Cyprus. Through direct synergy, we will work towards developing new educational programs and fostering a more productive and in-depth cooperation. I would like to express my gratitude for your presence here today and your willingness to cooperate further. I am confident that this event marks the beginning of a fruitful partnership.

Thank you.