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British official: info shared with Cyprus on people posing security threats paying dividends

  • British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, left, and Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides speaks to the media after their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Nicosia, Cyprus, July 17, 2015. Hammond said Britain is “keen to work” with Cyprus to counter the threat posed by “foreign fighters going to Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.” (AP Photos/Philippos Christou)

    British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, left, and Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides speaks to the media after their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Nicosia, Cyprus, July 17, 2015. Hammond said Britain is “keen to work” with Cyprus to counter the threat posed by “foreign fighters going to Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.” (AP Photos/Philippos Christou)  (The Associated Press)

  • British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond speaks during a press conference after his meeting with Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides at the Foreign Ministry in Nicosia, Cyprus, July 17, 2015. Hammond said Britain is “keen to work” with Cyprus to counter the threat posed by “foreign fighters going to Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.” (AP Photos/Philippos Christou)

    British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond speaks during a press conference after his meeting with Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides at the Foreign Ministry in Nicosia, Cyprus, July 17, 2015. Hammond said Britain is “keen to work” with Cyprus to counter the threat posed by “foreign fighters going to Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.” (AP Photos/Philippos Christou)  (The Associated Press)

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."