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On January 18 the delegation headed by the Chief of Staff of the National Guard of the Republic of Cyprus, Lieutenant General Demokritos Zervakis arrived in Armenia.

After the official meeting at the RA Defense Ministry's administrative complex on January 19, Lieutenant General Demokritos Zervakis and RA Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Artak Davtyan met. the Defense Ministry press service reported. The sides discussed regional security and military cooperation issues.

The Cypriot side was introduced to the situation established after the 44-day war and the existing challenges in the region. They also discussed possibilities of cooperation aimed at the enhancement of combat readiness of the Armed Forces of the two countries to effectively face the existing challenges. The importance of both bilateral and the Armenia-Cyprus-Greece trilateral cooperation initiated in 2019, within the framework of which a number of events have already been held in 2021, was noted.

Armenian Defense Minister Suren Papikyan received the delegation headed by the Chief of the General Staff of the National Guard of the Republic of Cyprus. The Minister of Defense thanked the Cypriot side for the clear position on the Artsakh issue and support in international organizations, reaffirmed the position of the Armenian side on the Cypriot issue and the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. The Armenian Minister of Defense stressed the importance of bilateral military-technical cooperation and expressed readiness of the Armenian side to resume the works of the inter-governmental commission set up in this direction.

Lieutenant General Demokritos Zervakis reaffirmed the willingness of the Cypriot side to develop cooperation in all directions and initiate new ones.

 A number of agreements were reached during the meeting on further cooperation, which will be implemented this year. The delegation headed by Lieutenant General Demokritos Zervakis visited the memorial for the victims of the Armenian Genocide, visited a number of military units of the Armenian Defense Ministry.

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