By Hrach Melkumian
The defense minister of Cyprus, Socrates Hasikos, began a two-day visit to Armenia on Wednesday to discuss the unfolding military cooperation between what he described as “friendly and fraternal” countries. Hasikos and his Armenian counterpart, Serzh Sarkisian, will try to map out concrete areas of cooperation, officials said.
Defense Minister Hasikos
Meeting with the Greek Cypriot official, Prime Minister Andranik Markarian said that the two nations “have common interests and face common threats in the region,” an apparent reference to Turkey, which occupies one third of the Mediterranean island and refuses to establish diplomatic relations with Yerevan. The two men also stressed the importance of the trilateral economic grouping uniting Armenia, Greece and Iran.
“I think that we have something to learn from Cyprus’s experience and that there are areas where Armenia could be of help for the security of Cyprus,” Sarkisian told reporters.
It was not clear though where Hasikos will sign any bilateral agreements with Armenian defense officials.