x

Politics

Menendez Lauds Decision to Lift Outdated Arms Export Restrictions to Cyprus

September 2, 2020

NEWARK — Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the State Department announced it would officially lift the U.S. arms export restriction of non-lethal defense equipment and services to the Republic of Cyprus for a full year. Today’s decision is pursuant to Menendez’s Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019, a law that provides a comprehensive recalibration of American diplomatic, military, and economic policy towards the Eastern Mediterranean.

“I am delighted to see recognition of the importance of our relationship with Cyprus, a reliable strategic partner for our nation.  It is in our national security interest to lift these outdated decades-long arms restrictions and deepen our security relationship with the Republic of Cyprus. 

“While long overdue, allowing sales of non-lethal security equipment, coupled with the earlier announcement of a U.S. military and education training program, reflects the critical importance of the U.S.-Republic of Cyprus bilateral relationship and the growing importance of the Eastern Mediterranean region to U.S. national security interests. 

“I welcome this signal of our commitment towards a mutually beneficial partnership with Cyprus, and look forward to the continued implementation of the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act, the foundation of a sustained and durable U.S. policy to this important region of the world.”

A lifetime champion for the U.S.-Republic of Cyprus bilateral relationship, Senator Menendez is the author of the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act and the End the Cyprus Embargo Act.

RELATED

OTTAWA. CANADA - "I want to thank the expatriates of Canada for the great honor to invite me and spend together the great celebration of Orthodoxy.

Top Stories

Columnists

A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. abc@xyz.com

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.