Despite Turkey’s courtship, Egypt and Greece are discussing cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and the Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, discussed, on Wednesday, areas of cooperation in the eastern Mediterranean.

This came during the phone call that Sisi received today from the Greek Prime Minister, hours after Turkey flirted with Egypt over the demarcation of the maritime border.

The spokesman for the Egyptian presidency, Ambassador Bassam Radi, said in a statement that the call “dealt with discussions on the close bilateral relations that bring the two countries together in various fields, especially cooperation in the energy field and eastern Mediterranean issues.”

During the call, the Egyptian President affirmed, “the strength and distinction of relations between the two countries, and Egypt’s pride in the aspects of cooperation relations with Greece and the positive development it is witnessing, especially in light of the consistency of common interests and positions between the two countries at the regional level.”

Al-Sisi expressed “Egypt’s aspiration to advance various aspects of constructive cooperation, especially on the economic and energy levels, and at the security and military level.”

For his part, the Greek prime minister affirmed his “keenness to exchange views and consult with the (Egyptian) president on regional issues of common interest.”

He pointed out “the importance of mutual coordination in this context, especially in the field of energy and the eastern Mediterranean files, in a way that contributes to achieving the interests of the two friendly peoples, whether at the bilateral level or within the framework of the tripartite cooperation mechanism between Egypt, Greece and Cyprus.”

And the phone call that Sisi received from the Greek prime minister came hours after the statements of Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu, who said at a press conference in Ankara, that “Turkey and Egypt may negotiate the demarcation of borders in the eastern Mediterranean if their relations allow such a step.” .

This is not the first time that Ankara has tried to flirt with Cairo, but several attempts were preceded by it, the most recent of which was last October, when the Turkish presidential spokesperson, Ibrahim Kalin, expressed his country’s desire to restore relations with Egypt.

Politics and law experts said in interviews by Al-Ain Al-Akhbar that Ankara’s courtship of Cairo is considered a recognition of Egypt’s central role in the eastern Mediterranean, and a desire to break the state of siege it is suffering.

The Mediterranean extends over large areas of natural gas fields, especially in its eastern region (Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Cyprus, and Greece), while Turkey, which claims to be oppressed due to the lack of discoveries in its territorial waters, is trying to rob the fields of neighboring countries.

Since 2019, the Turkish conflict has intensified with neighboring countries, especially Greece and Cyprus, to control regional waters that are subject to international disagreement, with the aim of converting them into Turkish concessions areas, which are likely to contain quantities of natural gas, which Turkey needs.

While Egypt has demarcated its borders with Greece, as Sisi agreed last October to the agreement of the Egyptian and Greek governments regarding the designation of the exclusive economic zone between the two countries signed on August 6, 2020.
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