In France, the Head of the EC for the exhibition "EUROSATORY 2022"

From Monday 13 June to Wednesday 15 June 2022, the Commander of the National Guard, Lieutenant General Democritus Zervakis, accompanied by a delegation of officers of the General Staff of the National Guard paid a visit to France at the invitation of the General’s counterpart Thierry Burkhard, on the occasion of the international exhibition “EUROSATORY 2022”.

During the visit, the constantly developing multifaceted relations between the Armed Forces (Armed Forces) of the two countries, which are based on positions of values ​​and principles stemming from the participation of the two countries in the European family, but also more broadly under international law. At the same time, the regional developments in the wider Eastern Mediterranean region were discussed, as well as the corresponding international developments in relation to the crisis in Ukraine. They also exchanged views on other issues of common interest, while the intention to further upgrade and expand cooperation between the EDs of the two countries and in other areas of common interest, at bilateral and multilateral level, was recorded.

In particular, according to the program of the visit, on Monday, June 13, the Leader laid a wreath at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier in the Arc de Triomphe, paying tribute to the dead of the French Nation. In the evening of the same day, he attended the official Reception given by the Minister of Defense of France, Sebastien Lecornu, in honor of the official guests at “EUROSATORY 2022”.

On Tuesday, June 14, the Chief of the National Guard had a private meeting with General Burkhard, during which the developments in the Eastern Mediterranean were discussed, where the common concerns concerning issues of security and stability in the wider region were noted. The developments regarding the situation in Eastern Europe were also discussed. At the same time, the implementation of the Program of Bilateral Military Cooperation 2022-23 was discussed, which was signed on June 9, 2022 and which is part of the wider network of international cooperation developed by the Armed Forces with the allies and friends of allied countries (see here). The possibility of further strengthening the historical and dynamic military cooperation of Cyprus and France in other areas of common interest was also explored. They also exchanged views on the development of multilateral cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean region, where the dynamics and the prospect of further development of the Quartet Initiative (QUAD Initiative) between Cyprus, France, Greece and Italy were confirmed. In addition, there was a joint effort to seize every possible opportunity to strengthen cooperation between the Cypriot and French Armed Forces, both in the framework of the actions of the EU Common Defense and Security Policy and at bilateral level and in particular in further exploiting the regular presence of French Air Force in the Eastern Mediterranean, for conducting mutually beneficial exercises and joint trainings with the National Guard.

The Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard also visited the General Staff of the French National Defense, where he was briefed on the vision, challenges, and operations of the French Armed Forces. He also visited the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense National Defense (IHEDN), where he was briefed by Lieutenant General Benoit Durieux on the Institute’s activities, while discussing the prospects of programs, both bilaterally and in a European context.

Finally, Lieutenant General Zervakis paid a visit to the exhibition space of “EUROSATORY 2022”, where he was informed about the latest developments and future trends in the field of development of weapons systems and capabilities from the European defense industry and beyond. In particular, regarding the Cypriot and Greek companies that participated in the exhibition, the Chief visited their stands and was informed about the innovative technologies and applications they offer in the field of defense.

During its presence in the French capital, the Cypriot Delegation visited the Greek Orthodox Diocese of France, where it met with Metropolitan Demetrios and the Embassy of the Republic of Cyprus in Paris, where the Leader had a meeting with Ambassador George S. During the meeting, there was a discussion and exchange of views on issues related mainly to the relations between Cyprus and France as well as on the development of the bilateral military cooperation program.

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