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International Defense, Security and Combating Terrorism

» Allies in the fight against terror

Cyprus and the United States are bound together by common values, ideals, and interests and have a history of working together effectively to counter threats to peace, security, and our shared democratic values. Pivotal in this relationship have been our joint efforts to fight threats to global security.

» The Proliferation Security Initiative

Cyprus was the fifth nation and the first EU member to join the ship boarding protocol of President Bush's Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), signed by Secretary Rice and Cyprus Foreign Minister Iacovou in Washington on July 25, 2005.

» Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty

In 2002, Cyprus and the United States signed a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty, which facilitates bilateral cooperation in the fight against global terrorism, organized crime, drug-trafficking and related violent crimes.

» Cyprus: A Safe Haven for U.S. Citizens and Other Nationals Evacuating Lebanon

Cyprus continued its extraordinary contribution to the world community through its extensive response in assisting citizens leaving the Lebanon crisis throughout the summer of 2006.