Security was beefed up in Cyprus for the two-day visit of President Shimon Peres various media outlets in Cyprus reported. According to Cyprus Mail police took what they called "draconian" security measures in preparation for the visit by Israel's President.
In addition to mounting a special operations force spearheaded by the MMAD anti-terror squad, the police also had a helicopter monitoring all of Peres's movements. All security measures were coordinated with the Cypriot presidential guard and with Israeli security officials who accompanied Peres to Cyprus. Peres was initially scheduled to visit Cyprus in July, but the visit was deferred.
While Israelis were hotly debating whether Israel's self preservation plans vis-à-vis Iran was a subject for the public arena, and whether retired high ranking security personnel should be gagged for a specified period once out of office, Peres raised the issue of Iran with his Cypriot counterpart President Demetris Christofias.
All world leaders must keep their pledge not to support the Iranian nuclear program, Peres told his host. The two had previously discussed Iran when Christofias visited Israel last March. Peres reiterated his statement about Iran at a joint media conference with Christofias following their tete a tete at which they discussed strengthening the strategic political, military and economic alliance between their two countries.