ATHENS — Greece welcomes the decision of the US government to partially lift the embargo on weapons in the Republic of Cyprus, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
"This is an important step in strengthening and deepening cooperation between two friendly countries, but also proof of the recognition of the role played by the Republic of Cyprus as a country that contributes to stability and peace in the region," the statement said.
"Greece will continue to work with Cyprus, the United States and countries in the wider region to consolidate security and stability in the region," it added.
The arms embargo, which was imposed in 1987, was designed to prevent an arms race that would hinder U.N.-facilitated reunification efforts.
The embargo was directed against the southern, Greek Cypriot part of the island where the internationally recognized government is seated.