India, Cyprus signal three essential agreements on defence, migration and photo voltaic alliance

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his modern Overseas Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides and signed three key agreements on defence and army cooperation, migration and Worldwide Photo voltaic Alliance.

Geeta Mohan

New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 30, 2022 18:47 IST

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (left) met his modern Overseas Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides and signed three key agreements at a joint press convention held in Cyprus’s Nicosia on Thursday.  

By Geeta Mohan: Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his modern Overseas Minister of Cyprus Ioannis Kasoulides and signed three key agreements at a joint press convention held in Cyprus’s Nicosia on Thursday.

In Jaishankar’s first official go to to Cyprus, the 2 ministers held productive discussions on bilateral relations, multilateral cooperation, geopolitical and regional challenges, on the Indo-Pacific difficulty, the Center East, Europe and India’s relation with the European Union.

“We now have signed three necessary agreements as we speak. One is the Memorandum of Understanding on defence and army cooperation between our two nations. The second is the letter of intent on Migration and Mobility Partnership, which we imagine will present a typical framework of association and cooperation to facilitate the mobility of scholars, lecturers, enterprise individuals and professionals and it’ll additionally assist in combating irregular migration. We additionally signed the framework settlement on Worldwide Photo voltaic Alliance by Cyprus,” stated Jaishankar.

The exterior affairs minister additional stated, “We now have launched Commemorative Stamps as we speak on the event of 75 years of India’s Independence and marking 60 years of India’s diplomatic relations with Cyprus.”

CYPRUS FOREIGN MINISTER THANKS JAISHANKAR

In the course of the assembly, Jaishankar additionally stated the India-Cyprus partnership is one in all immense significance. “It’s rooted in our shared values of democracy, range, pluralism and respect for legislation… In rising our personal ties and dealing with different companions, we’re each guided by shared values and customary rules,” he stated.

“I take this chance to as soon as once more reiterate our principled place on the Cyprus Concern. The Republic of India reiterates its dedication for a bi-communal, bi-zonal federation primarily based on UN Resolutions as the answer to the Cyprus difficulty,” stated the exterior affairs minister.

Cyprus’s international minister Ioannis Kasoulides thanked India for supporting the mandate of the United Nations Peacekeeping Drive in Cyprus (UNFICYP), the place within the UN Safety Council expressed concern over unauthorised actions within the buffer zone separating Greek and Turkish communities within the northern and southern areas of the Mediterranean island since 1974.

“…our heartfelt gratitude and honest appreciation of India’s longstanding principled stand in our continued effort for the reunification of Cyprus,” stated Ioannis Kasoulides.

“As a world energy, with an necessary stabilising function within the neighbourhood of South Asia, India units an instance with its knowledge and management in order that peace, safety and stability might prevail. The political obstacles that emerged because of the partition of India, stands as a historic instance that serves as a information to our efforts to succeed in a complete settlement in Cyprus,” stated the international minister.

WHAT IS THE CYPRUS ISSUE?

Cyprus is an island nation within the jap Mediterranean Sea and ever for the reason that Turkish invasion in 1974, has been partitioned into the Greek-majority Republic of Cyprus (ROC) and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

Whereas the ROC, which occupies two-thirds of the island, is internationally recognised, the TRNC is simply recognised by Turkey. The island has additionally been lengthy stricken by ethnic divisions between its Greek and Turkish inhabitants.

Within the 48 years for the reason that island’s independence from the British, reunification talks and even two-state settlements have made little progress.

(With inputs from ANI)