India – Cyprus Foreign Office Consultations held on Defence & Health

Dec 11: The fifth round of Foreign Office Consultations (FOCs) between India and Cyprus was held on 10 December 2020 through virtual mode. The Indian side was led by Ms. Neeta Bhushan, Joint Secretary (Central Europe), and the Cypriot side was led by Ms. Thessalia Salina Shambos, Political Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Republic of Cyprus.

During the consultations, both sides appreciated the traditionally warm relations and reviewed the cooperation in various fields including political, economic, consular and cultural areas. Both sides reviewed the status of agreements/ MoUs including those on Defence and Military Cooperation, Sports, Culture including Ayurveda and agreed to work towards early finalization of these agreements. Both sides also exchanged views on crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean, occupation of Northern Cyprus and India-EU relations, international issues of mutual interest and agreed to further enhance co-operation in the UN and other multilateral fora.

Both sides agreed on the importance of continued engagement between the two countries for further strengthening bilateral ties and agreed to hold the next round of Foreign Office Consultations at a mutually convenient date.