Cyprus: Sovereign Base Areas

Part of Defence – in the House of Commons at on 25 March 2024.

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Photo of James Heappey James Heappey Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

The SBAs are sovereign bases, so of course we reserve the right to operate from them as needed, based on the UK national interest. The hon. Gentleman will be reassured to hear that the Secretary of State, his predecessors, other Ministers in the MOD and I have very good relations with the Cypriots, and we seek to tell them as much as we can about operations that we mount from SBAs there.