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Greece and Egypt held talks on the delimitation of the economic zone

Greece and Egypt resumed talks on the delimitation of the exclusive economic zone between the two countries, said the Minister of foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Dendias following the visit to Cairo.

Dendias on Thursday visited Egypt, he was received by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. In the course of negotiations with Minister of foreign Affairs of Egypt Sameh shoukry discussed bilateral and regional issues, special attention was paid to the demarcation of Maritime zones, the events in Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean region.

"Today I had the honour to be received by Egyptian President Mr El-Sisi, to whom I conveyed the warm greetings of the Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis of. I also gave him the wish of our country to strengthen the bonds of friendship and cooperation with Egypt," said Dendias after the visit.

"After that, I had a long talk with a close friend of the Egyptian Minister Sameh shoukry. We discussed regional issues, events in the Eastern Mediterranean, Libya and the Turkish provocations. Finally, we resumed the negotiation procedure for the agreement on economic zones between Greece and Egypt", - said the Minister.

A day visit to the Egyptian newspaper "al Ahram" published an article by Dendias "Greece and Egypt – the pillars of stability and security in the Mediterranean". It Minister criticizes Turkey. He writes that for centuries the Mediterranean sea was a "bridge of friendship, understanding, cooperation and trust" between the peoples of Greece and Egypt.

"Our understanding is that the Mediterranean can and must become a sea of peace for all its peoples ... today, However, the stability and security in the Mediterranean are under threat. Illegal and null and void the Memorandum, which she signed with Saragam of Libya and its participation in the Libyan civil war in violation of the resolutions of the UN Security Council, Turkey violates international law and undermines the right of countries and peoples of the region," writes Dendias.

"Greece and Egypt, two ancient civilizations in the Mediterranean, has always had open borders, and the sea between us has always United us, not divided us. Its unacceptable interference and the illegal actions of Turkey seeks to cancel our shared Maritime border, our common path to cooperation, development, prosperity" - said in the article, the text of which was circulated by the press service of the foreign Ministry of Greece.

"Today, the expansionist and revisionist Turkey undermines regional security and stability and peace in Libya, which contributed to the recent proposal of President al-Sisi. It Greece along with other countries in the region welcomed. She tries to lead the Arab world in accordance with its "hegemonic" aspirations. This creates problems for all its neighbors, violating the sovereignty of Libya, Syria, and Cyprus. Turkey is undermining the very future of the region," Dendias wrote.

The foreign Minister expressed hope that his visit will further strengthen the "already excellent cooperation", as well as substantial progress in negotiations on the delimitation of Maritime zones, "is always based on international law, as it is recently made Greece with his friend Italy."

At the end of November 2019, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Fayez Sarraj, head of the national consensus government (NTC) of Libya, controlling only a part of the country, have signed a Memorandum of cooperation in the military sphere and on mutual understanding relating to Maritime zones. Greece believes that Turkey is trying to assign a significant part of the Greek exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and calls illegal the agreement.

Turkey for its part says that set up a dialogue and has repeatedly offered to Greece to discuss controversial issues, including the delimitation of Maritime zones, including the signing of a Memorandum of understanding with Libya.