New defense minister to visit Cyprus

Greece’s new Defense Minister Panos Kammenos will visit Nicosia following an invitation by his Cypriot counterpart Christoforos Fokaidis, reports said Thursday.

It will be Kammenos’s first official visit since his appointment on Tuesday.

It was not clear when the visit will take place.

Meanwhile, Kammenos, who is also leader of SYRIZA’s right-wing coalition partner Independent Greeks, telephoned his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian to express his condolences over the NATO training jet crash in Spain on Monday in which nine French – and two Greek – military personnel died.