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Jordan’s army chief: defense ties with Cyprus key to peace

December 1, 2017
Jordan's armed forces chief General Mahmoud Fraihat adjusts his beret during a press conference after a meeting with Cyprus' Defense Minister Christoforos Fokaides in Defense Ministry in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. Fraihat says strong military ties with neighboring Cyprus are key to maintaining stability and security in the volatile region. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Jordan’s top soldier says strong military ties with nearby Cyprus are key to maintaining stability and security in the volatile region.

Lieutenant General Mahmoud Freihat, Jordan’s Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says his country and Cyprus share many strategic challenges.

Freihat was speaking after talks Friday with Cypriot Defense Minister Christoforos Fokaides.

Fokaides said the European Union, of which Cyprus is a member, should do more to help Jordan deal with the large number of Syrian refugees it hosts on its soil and in the fight against terrorism.

Fokaides said the two countries have signed a military cooperation agreement that involves joint exercises, training and other programs designed to counter common threats.

The Cypriot defense minister said Freihat’s visit is the first by Jordan’s highest-ranking military official.

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