Britain's foreign minister says better cooperation with Cyprus on sharing information about individuals who could pose a security threat to either country is producing results.

Philip Hammond said after talks with his Cypriot counterpart Ioanis Kasoulides on Friday that cooperation involves "understanding about where the people that may wish us harm are, who's moving where."

Hammond says "we're seeing a much better level of cooperation and we're seeing the benefits of that cooperation." He offered no examples of such success.

Cyprus is less than a hundred miles (170 kilometers) west of Syria where the Islamic State group is fighting other rebel groups and President Bashar Assad's forces.

Hammond said Britain is "keen to work" with Cyprus to counter the threat posed by "foreign fighters going to Syria, Iraq and elsewhere."