U.S. International Military Education and Training for the Republic of Cyprus

Press Release
July 8, 2020

The United States is pleased to announce our intention to provide International Military Education and Training (IMET) to the Republic of Cyprus.

We plan to provide IMET to the Republic of Cyprus beginning in U.S. fiscal year 2021, subject to Congressional appropriations and notification.

The IMET program is a key component of U.S. security assistance, promoting regional stability and defense capabilities through professional military education and training. Through professional and technical courses, and with specialized instruction, IMET provides students from allied and friendly nations valuable training and education on U.S. military practices and standards. IMET serves as an effective means to strengthen military partnerships and international coalitions that defend our national security interests. IMET facilitates the development of important professional and personal relationships among defense leaders. It also helps develop a common understanding of shared international challenges and fosters the relationships necessary to counter those challenges collaboratively.

Offering IMET to the Republic of Cyprus is consistent with the Department of State’s Eastern Mediterranean Strategy and the policy intent of the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019, both of which aim to strengthen our security partnership with the Republic of Cyprus.

The Republic of Cyprus is an important partner in the Eastern Mediterranean region. We look forward to continuing to deepen our bilateral relationship as we promote regional stability.