Greece: New Agreement with Egypt Promises New Reality in the Mediterranean
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday that an agreement between Greece and Egypt on the delimitation of maritime zones is creating a new reality in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias arrived in Egypt on Thursday for a visit that was not announced in advance. During the visit, he and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry signed an agreement on the delimitation of the exclusive economic zone.
“Today, our friend Egypt and we signed an agreement on the delimitation of our maritime zones. It took 15 years of negotiations to reach the agreement in accordance with international law that recognizes all the rights of our islands to their maritime zones. The agreement, which is absolutely legal, fully satisfies both countries” – Mitsotakis said.
“The agreement creates a new reality in the Eastern Mediterranean and restores the rule of law in the region. Legality, which they tried to undermine by the illegal and non-existent Turkish-Libyan memorandum,” the Greek prime minister said.
Mitsotakis said the agreement with Egypt, like Italy a few months ago, showed that respect for international law is the only path to security, peace, stability and good neighborly relations.
“We will follow this road with all our neighbors. We hope and expect them to do the same,” said the Greek prime minister.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has already stated that Ankara considers the agreement signed between Egypt and Greece on the delimitation of sea zones invalid. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said that there is no maritime border between Greece and Egypt, the signed agreement on the delimitation of so-called maritime jurisdictions is invalid for Turkey, and Turkey will not allow any activity in this area and « will continue to resolutely defend the legitimate rights and interests » of its country and the Turks – Cypriots in the Eastern Mediterranean.