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Readout of Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Dr. Celeste Wallander’s Bilateral Meeting With Republic of Cyprus Minister of Defense Charalambos Petrides

June 1, 2022

Pentagon Spokesman Eric Pahon provided the following readout:

Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Dr. Celeste Wallander met Republic of Cyprus Minister of Defense Charalambos Petrides today at the Pentagon to reaffirm the U.S.-Republic of Cyprus (ROC) defense relationship.

The leaders discussed Cyprus’s forward, proactive and principled stance Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified, and pre-meditated attack on Ukraine.  Assistant Secretary Wallander and Minister Petrides also expressed their unwavering support for Ukraine’s people, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. 

They also discussed the strong U.S.-ROC defense partnership, including the ROC’s participation in the International Military Education and Training program.

Assistant Secretary Wallander and Minister Petrides agreed to continue to work toward deepening the U.S.-ROC relationship, while continuing to seek new areas for cooperation.